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‘Redesign programme to combat malnutrition’

National Technical Board on Nutrition member Dr MK Bhan said that since designing and implementation of strategies are not of world class, something has to be done differently.

jaipur Updated: Feb 19, 2018 22:23 IST
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Hindustan Times, Jaipur
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Delegates at a multi-sectoral state consultation, organised by the Department of Women and Child Development, in Jaipur on Monday. (HT PHOTO)

For taking lead in National Nutrition Mission, Rajasthan has to redesign the programme for combating malnutrition, said National Technical Board on Nutrition member Dr MK Bhan.

He was addressing a state level multi-sectoral consultation on nutrition on Monday in Jaipur.

Dr Bhan said, “Whatever we are doing is not having enough impact. While a pregnant woman has to gain 10 kg during her pregnancy, weight gain reported is only 7 kg. Lot of women in the reproductive age of 19-25 years have to battle infection in teeth, reproductive tract and urinary tract.”

“We have only been able to reach 30% of women during reproductive age from the lower strata group. Since these women do not have access to government officials, the person, either Auxiliary nurse midwife or Accredited Social Health Activist, in contact with the pregnant woman has to take care of her,” said Dr Bhan.

He said that since designing and implementation of strategies are not of world class, something has to be done differently.

Rajasthan chief secretary NC Goyal said, “We have to focus on the mother and child in the first two years, only then will nutrition mission programme ensure growth in human capital in Rajasthan.”

“We have to change the way we are working. We want to do it differently and so from the planning stage, we are inviting stakeholders and appealing them to feel free to give their suggestions,” said Goyal.

He further added that unfortunately, the government works in separate departments. Citing the example of Mukhyamantri Jal Swavalamban Abhiyan, he said that all departments have to work in convergence.

The target of the mission is to bring malnutrition from 38.4% to 25% by 2022 in children between zero to six years. In 2018-19, 235 districts across the country have been included in National Nutrition Mission, of which 24 districts are from Rajasthan. In next two years, all districts in the country are to be included.

Woman and Child Development department secretary Roli Singh welcomed the guests and said that soon, the Prime Minister will launch this programme in selective districts across the country.

She said that gender inequalities act at all levels. “My call is to have all of us come together and put in our effort, resources, skill and knowledge to have a healthy Rajasthan,” said Singh.

UNICEF Rajasthan chief Isabelle Bardem said that UNICEF will extend its support at all levels to achieve the desired goal.

First Published: Feb 19, 2018 22:23 IST