New Delhi, Oct 1 (UNI) The 3rd Rashtriya Poshan Maah, observed to address the problem of malnutrition in women and children from September 7-30 this year, has concluded. Union Minister of State for Women & Child Development (WCD) Debasree Chaudhuri on Wednesday appreciated the celebration of the Poshan Maah while observing adherence to COVID-19 guidelines.
Addressing the webinar organised on the occasion, the minister said while the Covid pandemic has posed many challenges to promoting maternal and child nutrition, growth monitoring and detection of malnutrition, frontline workers have not only risen to the occasion to provide essential services but also observed Poshan Maah 2020.
She stressed that the Prime Minister has repeatedly emphasised on the importance of maintaining good nutrition and health as also on how it could be achieved by consuming local diets. She expressed hope that the efforts to realise the mission of Suposhit Bharat will continue at the same speed even after the Poshan Maah.
An initiative of the Ministry of Women and Child Development, the target of POSHAN Abhiyaan is to bring down stunting in children of 0-6 years of age from 38.4 per cent to 25 per cent by 2022. Identification of Severely Acute Malnourished (SAM) Children and their management and plantation of Poshan
Vaatikas-Nutri gardens, were undertaken as focus activities during the Poshan Maah, along with awareness generation regarding importance of early breast feeding, need for good nutrition during first 1000 days of life, measures for reducing anaemia in young women and children, an official release here said.
Representatives of various Central Government ministries like Rural Development, Panchayati Raj, Health & Family Welfare, Department of School Education and states/UTs like Maharashtra, Jammu & Kashmir, Karnataka, Gujarat and Mizoram gave an overview of the activities conducted by them during Poshan Maah 2020. WCD Joint Secretary Aastha S Khatwani gave a presentation on the activities and initiatives undertaken during the Poshan Maah 2020.