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All set for child health project

THE STATE Government has said that extensive arrangements are being made for implementation of Bal Shakti Scheme ? meant for medical treatment of the severely malnourished children ? in all districts of the State.

india Updated: May 05, 2006 16:58 IST

THE STATE Government has said that extensive arrangements are being made for implementation of Bal Shakti Scheme – meant for medical treatment of the severely malnourished children – in all districts of the State.

The Government has issued directives in this regard to the district Collectors and asked them to organise coordination meetings of district-level Health and Women and Child Welfare departments’ officials for effective implementation.

The Government has further said that each of the districts has been allocated Rs 1 lakh for institutional treatment of the severely malnourished children as also for medicines, publicity, arrangement of consultancy from private pediatricians and others.

The objective of the scheme is to bring down the malnourishment rate in the State below one per cent by providing medical treatment, nutrition and rehabilitation services. The scheme is being implementation jointly by the WCD and the Health Department and NGOs and private hospitals are also being made partners in the effort.

As part of the scheme, health check-up camp for kids would be organised at block level and grade III and IV malnourished children would be referred to hospitals for admission.

These children would be kept in the hospital for 7-14 days depending upon their condition and medical treatment would be provided to them. The children would also be provided facilities of special care of pediatricians and given fruits and nutritious food.

The guardians, especially the mothers would be trained to prepare nutritious food from the locally available material and to feed them to the children in proper way.

The idea is to encourage the mothers to keep up the nutritious feeding at home after their children are released from hospital and also for them to encourage other women to keep their children healthy.