Immunization, malnutrition, iodine and iron deficiency tests for Jharkhand children
Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das recently inaugurated a month-long health programme “Jharkhand Matri Shishu Swasthya Avam Poshan Maah (JMSSPM).”
Organised jointly by the departments of state Health and Family Welfare and Women and Child Development and supported by the UNICEF, the June 1 to 30 campaign would provide Vitamin A supplements and de-worming tablets (Albendazole) to children aged between 1 to 5 years, a UNICEF press release said.
The other components of this campaign were routine immunisation for missed out children, screening of children (6 months – 5 years) for severe acute malnutrition, iron tablets for pregnant and lactating mothers and adolescent boys and girls and testing of household salt samples in eight districts with a high prevalence of iodine deficiency disorders – Ranchi, Pakur, Dumka, Sahebganj, Palamu, Deoghar, Godda, Gumla and Lohardaga.
Speaking at the programme, the Chief Minister appealed to all to make the campaign a success.
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