JAMMU, Sept 1: To mark the beginning of National Nutrition Month, Divisional Commissioner Jammu, Sanjeev Verma today inaugurated a day-long State Level Workshop on POSHAN Abhiyan- the PM’s Overarching Scheme for Holistic Nourishment of children.
The launching ceremony organized by State Mission Directorate, ICDS J&K at Convention Centre, was attended by Deputy Commissioner Jammu, Ramesh Kumar, Director, Food & Nutrition Board, New Delhi, Sudhir Prasad, Director Social Welfare, Dr Bharat Bhushan, ADDC Jammu, Suraiya Jabeen, Progamme Officer ICDS Jammu, Natasha Kalsotra besides District Programme Officers, SDPOs and other officers of concerned departments.
Emphasizing the role of nutrition for health, especially for children and women, the Div Com said that POSHAN Abhiyan is one of the many important components of National Nutrition Mission aiming towards promoting positive behaviour change towards infants and young child feeding practices.
He said that the welfare of children forms the base for many schemes and policies and stressed on convergent efforts by all stakeholders to achieve the challenging task of eradicating malnutrition.
Maintaining basic health standards is not only aimed by India but United Nation has also set its goals for eradicating malnutrition, the Div Com maintained.
The Div Com also outlined the responsibilities of concerned functionaries to make the system efficient for the benefit of the children being covered under ICDS schemes.
He entrusted upon concerned officers to form a working group to ensure that good quality food, clean drinking water shall reach the children. He further asked them to prepare a proposal for effective utilization of abandoned school buildings for the welfare of children and women.
Deputy Commissioner Jammu, Ramesh Kumar also spoke on the importance of healthy food for eradicating malnutrition.
The participants learned several key nutrition strategies and interventions including IYCF(Infant and Young child feeding),Food and Nutrition, Immunisation, Institutional Delivery, WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene), De-worming, ORS-Zinc, Food Fortification, Dietary Diversification, Adolescent Nutrition, Maternal Health and Nutrition, ECD (Early childhood development)/ ECCE (Early Childhood care and Education), Convergence, ICT-RTM (Information and Communication, Technology enabled Real Time Monitoring) and Capacity Building during the workshop.