Maternal health and child care is a very important aspect in our society, specially in Covid19 times. The solution is largely in the early years of life, where the potential is immense.
Pulkit Khare, District Magistrate, Pilibhit, Uttar Pradesh said, “Nutrition should be on the main agenda in our country, especially as the world grapples with Covid19. In our district, with around 1, 80,000 children, we had 2300 children under the Severly Acute Malnourished (SAM) category. We reached out to the families via telenutrition, where the identified children were admitted to the hospitals and further taken care of. We remodeled the NRC concept as some were reluctant to get admitted. Telenutrition was hence a boon in times of Covid19, in coordination with the Anganwadi workers.
Swati S. Bhadauria, IAS, District Magistrate, Chamoli, Uttarakhand, said, “We created activity based learning module, along with the focus on mid day meals for the children at various Anganwadis. Training was given to the Anganwadi workers for a smooth execution. We also invited private play schools, where the idea of their teaching was used. We prepared a module for 36 months, with specified modules for every month. We also established mini solar plants for electricity, gas connections and uniforms were provided to the children at Anganwadi called Bachpan. We had prepared uniform menus for the children to keep a note on their health.”
Dr. Bhavna Sharma, Head – Nutrition Science Division, ITC Ltd., explains, “ There is no future without healthy children. With almost a large number of children in India are at risk of malnutrition, it is very important to focus on a mother and a child’s health. As pandemic has struck a massive blow at the mid-day meals and Anganwadi centres, we are trying our best to sort the problems and March towards a healthier nation. Proper policy, intervention, reviews, products, the fiscal part, and the entire ecosystem plays a massive role in the development of Mother and Child. With India being the 2nd largest producer of food, there is a lot to develop in the nutrition sector in our country.”
Dr. Shweta Khandelwal, Head, Nutrition Research, Public Health Foundation of India, explained, “Maternal health and child care is a very important aspect in our society, especially in Covid19 times. The solution is largely in the early years of life, where the potential is immense. The right nutrition at the right time prevents in being undernourished. Acting now will have immense benefits like, saving lives, maximising economic productivity, helping in reducing the diet related diseases like obesity, pcos etc. thereby improving productivity. Education and financial independence of the mother is equally important in the 21st century, for a proper upgraded health education.”