Scheme To Be Launched From July 15, Will Cover 9 To 18-Yr-Olds

New Delhi: Alarmed at the results of a survey of government school students that found 20% of them suffering from anaemia, Delhi government is set to launch Centre’s WIFS (Weekly Iron and Folic acid Supplementation programme) in all government schools and anganwadi centres from July 15.

Death of infants in Malkangiri district due to preventable diseases has come under judicial scanner.

13 tribal children have died in Attappady of Palakkad district this year

Kerala’s claims to world fame for its high human development indices appear to be tottering with children in the tribal heartland of Attappady in Palakkad district dying of malnutrition. In the last 15 months, as many as 29 children died of malnutrition, 13 of them this year. Two more deaths were reported from the area over the past two days. The number might be higher, for not all deaths from the Kurumba tribal hamlets in the remote forest areas of Anavai, Edavani, etc., are getting reported.

JAIPUR: One tablet a week could decrease the prevalence of anaemia among adolescents in the state. These tablets would soon be distributed to school children from Class 6 to 12 in government schools.

Medical health and family welfare department is likely to introduce the weekly iron and folic acid supplementation (WIFS) national programme for adolescents within seven days. The preparation for its launch is already complete. A meeting of all reproduction and child health officers was held in this regard on Friday.

Nearly 50 per cent of Indian children are underweight and more than 70 per cent of women and children have serious nutritional deficiencies, including anaemia, according to a report by UNICEF.

Unspent funds declared by several State governments across the country released under the Central Government’s Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) Schemes has now prompted the Union Ministry of Women and Child Development to consider sanctioning funds directly to non-government organisations working in the States.

Ministry secretary Prem Narain said: “ICDS is one of our flagship programmes and the Ministry is working at ensuring that the targeted audience are able to benefit from its restructuring that we are undertaking.”

A study finds that institutional support alone cannot help reduce maternal mortality in India.

The infant mortality rate (IMR) is higher in the State compared to other South Indian states, according to S Selva Kumar, State mission director of the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM).

For every 10 lakh children born every year in the State, nearly 35,000 die even before completing one year. This compares poorly with Kerala, which has reported 12,000 infant deaths, said Kumar. The officer said folk dance and drama were an effective means to create awareness on health among the people.

A two-day training programme for trainers got underway here today on prevention of anaemia among children to save them from malnutrition and importance of Vitamin A and zinc for them.

Iron is an important micronutrient essential for production of red blood cells (RBCs). It is a vital component of haemoglobin that carries oxygen from the lungs to all parts of the body. Iron has an imperative role to play in the human body. It enables physical and mental growth and production of enzymes during recovery from illness or after strenuous exercise. A number of complications
occur due to insufficient iron in the body.