Awareness programme on Poshan Maah held
As a part of the ongoing nationwide Poshan Abhiyan celebrations, an awareness programme on Rashtriya Poshan Maah (National Nutrition Month) was held today at the community hall of Thoubal Khunou. The one-month long celebrations commenced from September 1 and will conclude on September 30.
The programme was organised by District Administration, Thoubal in association with District Health Society (DHS), Thoubal and District Programme Officer of ICDS cell.
It may be recalled here that the commencement of Rashtriya Poshan Maah celebration for Thoubal district was formally launched by the DC of Thoubal on September 2; and various awareness programmes on the topic of ‘National Nutrition Month’ have already been conducted.
Today’s awareness programme was attended by councillor, ward number 18, Thoubal Municipal Council, M. Rabi; DPO, ICDS cell-Thoubal, T. Anita and medical officer in-charge, CHC Yairipok, Dr. Nomita as chief guest, president and guest of honour respectively.
Speaking on the occasion, T. Anita highlighted the history of the Rashtriya Poshan Maah programme stating that it was launched in March, 2018 by PM. Narendra Modi. “The objective of the programme is to increase nutrition awareness among mothers of young children, adolescent girls, pregnant and lactating women, family members (husbands, father, mothers-in-law) and community members, health care providers (ANM, ASHA, Anganwadi worker) about key nutrition behaviours,” she said adding that during the month, several awareness programmes will be conducted in regard to the above mentioned objectives.
“The theme of this year’s observation is ‘Complimentary Feeding’; and it is not only mothers but the people also need to actively participate in the efforts to maintain cleanliness and proper sanitation facilities as they are one of the vital things required for a healthy society,” she continued while also mentioning that ‘Hygiene’ and ‘Cleanliness’ have been incorporated as two important topics of the awareness programmes. T. Anita also added an appeal for public support in order to make the Poshan Maah a successful affair.
As a part of today’s awareness programme, free medical check-ups were conducted for pregnant women and child bearing mothers while stalls showcasing ‘cell growth food’, ‘protection food’ and ‘energy giving food’ were also opened for the attendees.
Special mention may be made here of the speech presented by the prohibition officer of District Social Welfare department, Thoubal, who highlighted the health consequences of child marriage, and the awareness speeches on ‘Special measures to be taken while feeding infants’ that were presented by the officials of District Child Protection Unit of the department which marked the occasion.
The awareness programme was also attended by several ASHA and Anganwadi workers along with nurses from various medical institutes.
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