Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Friday announced Yogeshwar Dutt, Olympian wrestler who represented Haryana, as a brand ambassador of the health department to promote its various schemes in the state.
Stating that Dutt had offered his services voluntarily for the cause, an official release said Hooda also launched the weekly iron and folic acid supplementation (WIFS) programme of the health department by distributing folic acid tablets among children at a programme organised here.
Hooda also launched pentavalent vaccine under the state immunisation programme as a health worker injected the vaccine to a child in his presence.
Haryana has become the first state to implement weekly iron and folic acid supplementation programme and third in the country after Tamil Nadu and Kerala to launch pentavalent vaccine.
Congratulating Dutt on becoming the brand ambassador of the department, Hooda said any state, society or area always got inspired from one who has made his state or country proud.
Hooda said weekly iron and folic acid supplementation programme aimed at providing iron folic acid tablets to all students from Classes 6 to 12 on every Monday in government schools.
He said adolescent girls in the age group of 10-19 years would also be given this supplementation at anganwadi centres. The intake of folic acid tablet would check anaemia in mothers and children.