Manipur Commission for Protection of Child Rights (MCPCR) on Friday observed a one-day Poshan Maah (National Nutrition Month) with focus on ‘Mahila Aur Swasthya’ (Woman and Health) and ‘Bacha Aur Shiksha’ Child and Education) at Tribal Research Institute Hall (TRI), Chingmeirong, Imphal East.
During the inaugural programme, MCPCR chairperson Ph Manibabu said knowing the importance of what our ancestors had during the Veda period, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched Poshan Abhiyan in 2018.
Malnutrition can be cured if mothers and lactating mothers have nutritional food. Mother should know about the nutritions contained in food or vegetables or fish or meat etc, and teach the child which will help children to learn nutritional food, he said.
Manipur social welfare joint director Bantee Konthoujam said that to spread awareness on malnutrition related issues like stunting, under-nutrition, anaemia and low birth weight in children, various schemes have been launched but this Poshan Abhiyan is to reach various grass-root activities, with the convergence of different schemes and made a convergence of the allied departments.
“It is true that Anganwadi centres are non-functional due to establishment of day care centres or kids care centres with mothers, being daily bread earners, leaving children at kids care centres”, said Bantee and added that kids care centres will be included with Anganwadi Centres.
Poshan Maah is being organised in different parts of the state and different activities are being performed, he added.
Member secretary, Regina Hongray said that MCPCR has been working hand in hand with all stakeholders to promote and protect child rights in the state. Poshan Abhiyan is a flagship programme under the Women and Child Development Ministry to look into the issues of malnutrition of children below six years of age and under-nourished children specially suffering from anaemia.
Prime Minister Modi launched Poshan Abhiyan, which is a holistic nourishment campaign, on April 8, 2018 to tackle the issue of malnutrition in a mission mode and to make India malnutrition-free by 2022.
In order to ensure community mobilisation and to encourage people’s participation every year, the month of September is celebrated as Poshan Maah across the country. Poshan Abhiyan intends to increase nutritional awareness and responsibilities of pregnant mothers, adolescent girls and lactating women, parents, family members including fathers and Anganwadi workers and helpers about nutritional values.
Various activities like sensitisation campaigns, outreach programmes, identification drives, camps and fairs, will be organised throughout September to make people aware of the campaign and to achieve its objective of ‘Swasth Bharat’ (healthy India).
The focus will also be on the importance of rainwater harvesting and women will be educated at Anganwadi centres. Information related to traditional food items for healthy mothers and children in tribal areas will be provided.
‘Amma ki Rasoi’, an activity to give importance to traditional nutritious dishes, will also be organised. Traditional foods will be promoted by integrating them with local festivals during Poshan Maah. Toy manufacturing workshops will also be organised on a national level to promote the use of indigenous and local toys for teaching children in Anganwadi centres.
In the technical session, department of Home Science, GP Women College, head in-charge RK Latasana Devi spoke on strengthening nutritional content of food enhancing the nutritional status of children. Senior Pediatric Consultant of Imphal Hospital, Laishram Shyam Kumar spoke on health and hygiene of children.
The programme was attended by MCPCR member L Megharaj, MCPCR member Kh Jitendra and Anganwadi workers and helpers of Imphal East.