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East Singhbhum set to become first malnutrition free district in the State

Jamshedpur : East Singhbhum will soon become the first district in the state to become malnutrition free with commencement of C-MAM (community-based management of acute malnutrition).

Director-general of Jharkhand Nutrition Mission Mridula Sinha, who was present during a day-long training programme for CDPOs, health department workers, district unit of drinking water and sanitation department officials, addressing media after program at the district collectorate this evening said identification of malnourished children made the mission to undertake C-MAM from this district.

“ The situation at East Singhbhum is better. The is not amongst the highly affected districts in terms of malnutrition but since it had carried out identification of malnutrition children we decided to go ahead with the program in this district. However, we will be carrying out C-MAM soon in the 12 highly affected districts,” said the director-general.

Jharkhand Nutrition Mission the mission was launched in 2015 as an autonomous body by department of women and child development and social security in Jharkhand.

The 12 highly burdened districts in terms of malnutrition are Koderma, Chatra, Pakur, Khunti, Simdega, West Singhbhum, Latehar, Dumka, Godda, Giridih, Dhanbad, and Lohardaga.

According to East Singhbhum deputy commissioner, Amit Kumar, removing malnutrition was amongst the focus area for them which made them go for identification of malnourished candidate through a month-long intensive drive in July.

Malnutrition Treatment Centers in the district are playing an important role in providing new life to the newborn. A visit to the centres in district East Singhbhum only goes to show that care and management of severely malnourished patients are giving them a reason to smile.

“Majority of severely malnourished children have been saved. In addition to medical care, patients receive nutritional rehabilitation through use of F75 and F100 therapeutic milk. In a span of one month about 24 children got admitted out of which 16 have been discharged after the treatment said an official.

As per the protocol, child needs to stay 15 days in the hospital to ensure full treatment and optimum weight gain. The family member is counseled to stay for all these 15 days in the hospital.

Citing data he said that 22 per cent of all newborn deaths can be averted by timely initiation of breastfeeding, within 1 hour of delivery – 8000 children can be saved. While 19 per cent of infant deaths can be averted through exclusive breastfeeding for 0-6 months and complementary feeding during 6 to 11 months – 9300 children can be saved.

“We have identified 7,000 children with malnutrition out of which 257 were identified as severe acute malnutrition (SAM) with medical complication in the district. Golmuri had the highest number of malnourished children,” said the deputy commissioner.

According to Jharkhand Nutrition Mission (JNM) director-general, those 257 malnourished with medical complications will be referred to any of the nearest four malnutrition treatment centers (MTCs)—Baharagora, Chakulia, Ghatshila and Jamshedpur.

A mobile van equipped with literature for preventing malnutrition will also be visiting different blocks of the district from tomorrow to spread greater awareness.

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