Management of malnutrition explained in webinar

By Women and Child Development Department

Raipur, Sep 20: Various activities are being organised by the Women and Child Development through the digital platform during the ongoing nutrition month under nutrition campaign. In this sequence, online training program was conducted through Facebook Live and Digital Meet about the identification and management of severe and moderately malnourished children.
In this, technical experts including departmental secretary Mr. Prasanna R., UNICEF head of state Mr. Job Zakaria shared their views. Departmental field staff from all the districts participated in the web meet. Secretary of the Department of Women and Child Development, Mr. Prasanna R. congratulating and thanking the field staff for the active work during the Covid period, said that we all together have to make efforts to eradicate malnutrition from Chhattisgarh as per the intention of Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel. There are 27 percent children in Chhattisgarh, who cannot be cured just by feeding. It is necessary to identify their health problems and get them admitted to the health center. For this, the Women and Child Development Department should work in coordination with the Health Department.
He said that Anganwadi workers and assistants are directly connected to the community, so they can play an important role for behavior change in the community. During discussion with parents and villagers, said that children should be sent to health centers to overcome their health problems.
For this, identification of children suffering from health problems is also necessary. He said that the infection of corona is increasing in Chhattisgarh, so follow the corona protocol and continue to fight malnutrition. Mr. Job Zakaria said that malnutrition is the cause of 68 percent of child deaths in India. Similarly, malnutrition of children is expected to increase by 14 percent after the Covid disaster. Covid cases are increasing in the country. At the same time, we have to empower the community to prevent malnutrition.
We have to fight together against covid and malnutrition. With this, he explained 6 months of continuous breast milk and after that the diet of the upper and the vaccination of children and cleanliness around.
In the webinar, UNICEF nutrition expert Farhad Syed elaborated on the screening, identification, followup of malnourished children. Dr. Amar Nidhi, a technical expert from Delhi, explained the involvement of the community in eradicating malnutrition and Mr. Abhishek Singh of UNICEF with regard to identification and grading of very severe and moderately malnourished children. Along with this, the experts also answered curiosities and questions regarding malnutrition.

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