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Steps to make kids healthy

The social welfare department is chalking out plans to make Bihar a malnutrition-free state.

At a news conference at Soochna Bhavan on Wednesday, social welfare minister Lesi Singh announced that the government would inaugurate Bal Kuposhanmukt Bihar Abhiyan on August 15 with an aim to get the state rid of malnutrition.

Singh said: “From now on, children of Bihar would get more nutritious food. The children at anganwadi kendras would get two eggs a week. The anganwadi sevikas should ensure that the children are provided eggs twice a week along with other food at anganwadi kendras.”

The anganwadi sevikas would also have to ensure how supplementary food like pulses are prepared for infants in order to make them healthy.

The principal secretary of the social welfare department, Amarjeet Sinha, said: “There are a few little things, but are very important to remember. The mothers should always ensure that they only breastfeed their children up to six months. The children should not be given anything else other than breast milk, not even water. This would help prevent infection.”

Sinha added that the children are mainly prone to diseases like pneumonia, acute respiratory infection, diarrhoea, dysentery and measles. “If the children get clean food, this diseases could be prevented. The anganwadi sevikas should train parents on cleanliness and hygiene. The anganwadi Kendra would also be provided with water filters so that the children have access to boiled water,” Sinha said.

In China, children are also provided green tea, which is healthy because of its anti-oxidant nature, he added.

Sinha said: “Anganwadi kendras would also be provided weighing machines in order to help the children know their correct weight. We should focus on the age, height and weight of the children. These statistics are mainly depended on the types of food intake. Growth monitoring is also important.”

From August 1 to August 15, Samajik Suraksha Pension Distribution would be organised in every panchayat.