Gyalshing, 27 Aug [IPR]:
An orientation workshop on RashtriyaPoshanMahina was organized by Nutrition Cell, Social Justice, Empowerment& Welfare Department today here at the Community Hall in Gyalshing, West Sikkim.
The event organized on the theme ‘HarGharPoshanTihaar’ and was attended byZillaAdhyaksha, West District ZillaPanchayat, DevikaSubba, as chief guest in the presence of Under Secretary from Ministry of Women & Development, Delhi, MK Prabhath, Sub Divisional Magistrate, Gyalshing,TusharNikhare, State Nodal Officer, PoshanAbhiyaan,BharatiBasnet, and other officials.
At the outset, Under Secretary, Ministry of Women & Development, Delhi, MrPrabath, informed that PoshanAbhiyaan [Prime Minister’s Overarching Scheme for Holistic Nutrition] was launched in March 2018. He added that the campaign aims to ensure holistic development and adequate nutrition for pregnant women, mothers and children.
“PoshanAbhiyaanaims to reduce level of under-nutrition and other health related problems by ensuring convergence of various nutrition related schemes. It also targets stunting, under-nutrition, anemia [among young children, women and adolescent girls] and low birth rate,” said MrPrabath.
State Nodal Officer, PoshanAbhiyaan,MsBasnett, shared that PoshanAbhiyaan is being initiated in West Sikkim as the district is one of the aspirational districts of the country affirmed by NITI Aayog.
“There are a number of community-based events at the local level to create awareness and knowledge on malnutrition and also to redress the issue through effective initiatives,” she added.
She expressed that malnutrition in children could be redressed if proper provisions of nutritional facilities are made available to the children. She stressed on the need of care to be given to women during pregnancy so that healthy offspring could be delivered. She expressed that regular health check up and healthy diet supplements to pregnant women should be ensured through agencies undertaking PoshanAbhiyaan in West district.
Swasth Bharat Prerak [West Sikkim],Navya MS, informed that she has been tasked to monitor the PoshanAbhiyaan in West district and that she will be taking care of problems and hindrances that emerge during implementation of the national nutrition programme.
She added that proper implementation of theprogramme depends on positive participation of concerned agencies and people.
“PoshanAbhiyaan needs to evolve as a mass movement. From being a project of the government, it has to become a project of the people,” she expressed.
The SDM, Gyalshing asserted that West district administration centre will provide all help for implementation of PoshanAbhiyaan in the district to make it a successful campaign.
A pledge was also taken by the participants during the event to make West Sikkim free of malnutrition.