Under the campaign SAM (Severe and excessively malnourished), MAM (medium and seriously malnourished) and underweight children will be identified and to be freed from malnutrition.
District programme officer Durgesh Pratap Singh informed that the first week under the campaign would be observed as ‘Weight Week’ and in this period all children up to six years of age would be weighed at every Anganwadi centre of the district so that malnourished and severely malnourished children could be identified and their health could be improved. Data is being collected in this regard, he said.
To check any laxity in the campaign, the officials of Integrated Child Development Service (ICDS) would regularly visit the Anganwadi center and monitor weighing of children.
Various programmes like home visits, health check-ups, medical treatment, nutritional counseling, personal hygiene etc would be organized at the Anganwadi Centres, Singh said. The departments of panchayati raj, animal husbandry, education, food and logistics, rural development and Ayush have been included to make the campaign a success, he said.
The main objective of the three-month long campaign is to improve nutritional status of underweight children. Three main women servers of the Anganwadi centres of the district and three child development project officers would be selected and rewarded by the government, he informed.
The results of last year’s Sambhav Nutrition Promotion Campaign were positive. According to the data received from the department of integrated child development services, the underweight children from zero to 5 years would be identified. At present, the number of children in the age group of zero to 5 years in the district is 1,85,857, including 1386 red, 8555 yellow, 27 SAM and 1850 MAM children, Singh added.