Amravati: Decrease in malnutrition in last five years; ‘Mission @28’ fruitful in Melghat leader

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Amravati, Leading News Service : In Melghat, the number of malnourished children has reduced in the last five years due to consistent special campaigns like ‘Mission 28’ and meticulous planning. Infant mortality and maternal mortality have also decreased. Avishyant Panda, Chief Executive Officer of the Zilla Parishad, expressed the belief that the continuation of the campaigns and the efforts of screening, feeding and treatment by village child development centers will be effective in eradicating malnutrition.

Malnutrition has been decreasing in Melghat for the last five years. In 2020, there were 456 severely malnourished children. This figure decreased to 213 in 2022 and 205 by May 2023. The number of child deaths has decreased to 246 in 2019, 213 in 2020, 195 in 2021, 175 in 2022 and 19 in May 2023. Maternal mortality has also decreased to a large extent, according to the information of Dist. W. Women and Child Development Officer Kailas Ghodke said.

Mission@28 is being implemented in Melghat from January 2022 under the guidance of the Chief Executive Officer. It involves visiting the children’s homes for 28 days before birth and 28 days after birth. Infant mortality is high during this period. So this mission was undertaken. Anganwadi tai and Asha workers visit the homes of health-risk mothers daily. Pregnant women and lactating mothers are counselled. His daily records are taken and treatment is done as per requirement. Earlier, home delivery rate was 17 percent, now it has come down to only 6 percent.

To prevent underweight and moderately malnourished children from becoming acutely malnourished, about four thousand underweight children have been admitted to Gram Bal Vikas Kendras using PESA funds. Amravati is the only district to implement such an activity. Therefore, the administration believes that the number of malnourished children will decrease in the coming monsoon season.

Healthy supplementary feeding for children through Women Child Development Department, Amrit food for mothers, Village Child Development Center for moderately malnourished children, Supplemental feeding for severely malnourished children, distribution of eggs to children, as well as health checkup of every child through Health Department, micro-monitoring of mothers and children through zone survey in April and June every year. Measures such as check-up, paediatrician services, nurses at every sub-centre, child health officers, child treatment centers at every primary health centre, nutritional replenishment centres, timely immunization of children and mothers are being implemented continuously.

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