DHSK launches ‘Anaemia Mukt Bharat’ campaign in Srinagar

Excelsior Correspondent
Srinagar, Aug 21: The Directorate of Health Services Kashmir (DHSK) today initiated the ‘Anaemia Mukt Bharat’ campaign in Srinagar, commencing with a screening camp held at HSS Kothi Bagh where out of over 300 girl students, 38 were diagnosed with severe anaemia.
The campaign, known as the ‘Intensified Iron-Plus Initiative’, aims to strengthen existing mechanisms and develop new strategies to address anaemia.
In a statement issued here, DHSK said that it places a particular focus on six target beneficiary groups, with a primary emphasis on adolescent girls and women in the reproductive age group.
Following the directives of the Secretary, Health and Medical Education and the DHSK, a screening camp was organized at Kothi Bagh Higher Secondary School in Srinagar.
During the camp, a total of 306 girls underwent anaemia screening, among them, 38 were diagnosed with severe anaemia, 72 with moderate anaemia, and 28 with mild anaemia. “Immediate treatment was provided to the affected girls on-site,” DHSK said.
Dr Mushtaq Ahmad Rather, Director of Health Services Kashmir, instructed the school’s Principal to appoint a nodal officer and to ensure directly observed treatment for girls diagnosed with anaemia to ensure strict adherence to treatment protocols.
He further stated that similar screening camps would be conducted in other districts, with comprehensive support extended to individuals afflicted by anaemia, especially those with severe and moderate cases.