Anaemia awareness camp held in Keyake
Dimapur, Sep. 14 (EMN): As part of month-long Poshan Maah celebration, office of the Child Development Project Officer (CDPO), Kohima, organised an anaemia camp on September 13 at Keyake AWC. The programme was organised in convergence with the Medical department, sub health centre, Keyake, and PMMVY cell of Kohima district.
An update from senior supervisor of CDPO’s office, Reyivolu, informed that resource person C James Ezung, CDPO Kohima (T), spoke on the purpose and key focus of Poshan Maah celebration. He emphasised on the importance of availing Anganwadi facilities like growth monitoring, to regularly monitor the health status of children. He also highlighted different activities and facilities provided through Anganwadi services.
Ezung also encouraged the community to participate in all the activities and avail maximum benefit of the services as they are the primary stakeholders. He emphasised on the importance of timely monitoring and intervention in order to take corrective measures before it becomes too late. He also mentioned that anaemia is a vicious cycle which could be passed on to the girl child if the mother is anaemic.
He further stated that adolescence offers an opportunity for the improvement of nutrition and for correcting poor nutritional practices by consuming locally available vegetables and fruits besides adopting a healthy lifestyle and receiving proper medical services.
Another resource person Kenosenu, ANM of Keyake health centre, spoke on the signs and symptoms of anaemia and the need to receive medical help at the right time. It was followed with discussion where queries relating to anaemia were answered.
The third resource person Vimenu, PMMVY district programme assistant, on the objectives, benefits, conditions and documents required to apply for PMMVY scheme.
Dr. Viatuo Rutsa, chairman of Keyake welfare board, who spoke on behalf of the community, expressed gratitude to the departments for conducting the programme. He also encouraged the community to participate in the departmental activities and avail facilities provided by the government.
Report stated that leaflets on anemia, exclusive breastfeeding, complementary feeding, health and nutrition for pregnant and lactating, removal of social stigma associated with Covid-19, SAM and MAM, PMMVY were also distributed.
Anaemia screening was conducted by a team from sub health centre, Keyake, in the session.
The programme concluded with a vote of thanks delivered by Kevineizo, supervisor, Kohima (T).