District Health Society (DHS) under the banner of National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) has organized CME programme on management of Malnutrition at Nagaon auditorium on 26th March 2012 for all doctors of the district. In his key note address Deputy Commissioner cum Chairman, DHS Dr. P Ashok Babu IAS informed that from 1st April 2012, Nagaon is going to launch a pilot project to combat malnutrition and under- 5 deaths, the project will be implemented jointly by Health Department (NRHM) and Social Welfare Department in the district. He further shared that the prevailing rate of Under- 5 mortality in Nagaon is 86/1000 and the number of children die before reaching 5 years of age is 4,300 per year. For addressing all these issues related to malnutrition and mortality in an integrated manner today the CME programme is organized. Basically, this project to combat malnutrition and U- 5 deaths in Nagaon District is aimed to bolster the government efforts of Social Welfare Department and Health Department (NRHM), by dealing each child in the district in systematic protocol. The involvement of parents and monitoring of performance of government functionaries using a real time dynamic data base will ensure the project time bound result Dr Babu added.

Dr. R Kayal President - East Zone IAP, Dr. H Deka- UNICEF Assam- Representative, Dr. Dr. J. P Sarma- Child Specialist and Dr. Anjan Saikia -Child Health Expert attended the same as resource person. The programme started with welcome speech of Joint Director of Health Services, Nagaon Dr. D.K Buragohain. Maruf Alom District Media Expert NRHM offered vote of thanks to all. Almost 150 nos of doctors attended the CME programme.

Dr Babu appreciated UNICEF efforts and said that the problem of malnutrition in under-5 children is- basically a product of two factors. Food and Disease. The Food part is taken care by Social Welfare Department and the disease part is taken care by Health Department (NRHM). The PHE Department and SSA also play a role. All the issues that are required to be addressed to combat this problem are already identified and sufficient fund allocation is done. The inter departmental coordination under different heads is planned in the State Annual Programme Implementation Plan (APIP) For Assam (2011-12).,namely

1. The Supplementary Nutrition
2. Measurement of Weight
3. Maintenance of Growth Charts
4. Health Check Ups at VHND (Village Health Nutrition Day)
5. Skill Development through IMNCI (Integrated Management of Neonatal and Childhood Illness)
6. Immunisation
7. Mother and Child Protection Cards (MCPs)
8. Referral Services etc.

There is a strong organisational support and Work Force at the ground level, namely, Anganwadi Workers, Anganwadi Helpers, Child Development Project Officers, Supervisors, Divisional Officers, ASHAs, ANMs, Doctors, Block Project Managers of NRHM and Administration at DC Office.

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