Drive against malnutrition: 82 lakh women, children given nutritious food
BHOPAL: During the drive to eradicate malnutrition, 82
lakh women and children were benefited with nutritious diet. As a result, 8 per
cent decline has been registered in malnutrition. This was informed by Women
and Child Development Minister Maya Singh here on Sunday.
Singh informed that special attention is being paid to
nutritious ingredients in the diet supplied to women and children as per their
choice from Nutritious Diet Centres in the state. As a result of serving
vitamins, micro nutrients and protein-rich diet, rate of malnutrition has
declined from 60 to 52 percent as per a survey of National Institute of
Nutrine, Hyderabad. She informed that this graph will further decline in the
survey to be made in year 2014-15.
Nutritious diet is being provided to 32 lakh children
of 6 months to 3 years of age from Nutritious Diet Centres. As many as 12 lakh
expectant and lactating mothers are also being provided nutritious diet from the
same centres. Under Sabala Yojana, 8 lakh girls of 11 to 18 years of age are
provided iron and vitamin pills every week apart from nutritious diet.
Suposhan Abhiyan is being run specially for removing
malnourishment of low-weight children in the state. The campaign has benefited
50 thousand children. Under the campaign, Sneh Shivirs were held throughout the
state where 5000 extremely under-weight children were provided quality and
tasty nutritious diets.