65,000 children malnurished in East Godavari district

Anganwadi workers would create awareness on nutritious food.

Kakinada: Collector H. Arunkumar said that there are 65,000 malnurished children in East Godavari and the mothers who are suffering from anemia and malnutrition are in equal number.

The collector along with Zilla Parishad Chairman Namana Rambabu launc-hed a programme ‘Mahila Sanjeevani’ on nutrition in 50 anganwadi centres in the district with the help of UNICEF as a pilot project on Friday.

The collector said that nutritious food would be supplied to mothers and children under the programme. Mr Arunkumar said that anganwadi workers would create awareness on nutritious food besides taking care about pregnant wom-en.

He said that anganwadi centres would be strengthened with the combined efforts of women and child welfare, medical and health, DRDA, Panchyat, Rural Water Supply and other related departments.

UNICEF Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Karnataka states Field Office Chief Ruth Leona said that after confirmation of pregnancy, the pregnant women sho-uld take care about their health by eating nutritious food.

He said that Mahila Sanjeevani would be a role model programme for hea-lthy women and children. UNICEF nutrition specialist Dr. Lakshmi Bha-vani said that East Goda-vari should become ideal for other districts in having good nutritious mother and child.

( Source : Deccan Chronicle. )
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