Updated 4 Jul 2022, 2:11 pm
Mortality from dehydration due to diarrhoea in children below five years can be successfully prevented by administering ORS and Zinc tablets without any other treatments, said mission director of SHS, National Health Mission, Manipur Dr Somorjit Ningombam on Monday.
He was briefing the media in connection with the 15-day-long Intensified Diarrhoea Control Fortnight (IDCF) which will be launched in Manipur from July 6, at his office chamber at Health Directorate in Imphal West.
He informed that as many as 62.62 lakh children below five years have died of diarrhoea in India and the count is 6.4 per cent of the children below five years. The government is making various efforts to bring down the infant mortality rate to 23 per 1,000 live births by 2025, he said.
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Coming to the state context, he said that the expected population of children below five years is 3.4 lakhs and as per the National Family Health Survey-5's report of 2019-2021, 5.6 per cent of the children below five years catch diarrhoea.
As per calculation, there are around 19.5 to 20 lakh diarrhoea episodes among children below five years every year in the state, he said. Despite these figures, 60 per cent of the parents are not aware about administering ORS and 20 per cent on giving Zing tablets, he said
Somorjit said that the main objective of the IDCF is to give advocacy and awareness to the parents, strengthening of the service provision for diarrhoea management in hospitals and prepositioning of ORS and Zinc tablets in households with children under five years through ASHA and Anganwadi workers.
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Moreover, mass awareness generation activities for hygienic and sanitation and proper ways of administering the ORS and Zinc tablets will be taken up at the community and village level with support from various private partners, he added.
The goal of IDCF is to attend zero child deaths due to childhood diarrhoea, he said, adding that the 15-day IDCF programme is expected to cover 81,000 diarrhoea episodes, which is indeed a good number to prevent mortality rate among children.
The IDCF is a nationwide programme taken up under the National Health Mission.
First published:4 Jul 2022, 2:01 pm