GUWAHATI, Sept 28 - An awareness meeting on �Mission Tejeswee�, targeted at kids and pregnant women, was organised by the District Health Society, Kamrup Metro, at the District Library here today.
The meeting was chaired by Dr M Angamuthu, Deputy Commissioner of Kamrup Metro, and attended by senior officials from the district administration, health department, members of NGOs and Anganwadi supervisors, among other stakeholders.
The meeting was organised as an orientation about �Mission Tejeswee�, a special drive to prevent anaemia among children in the age group of six to 60 months and among pregnant women.
�Mission Tejeswee� will be implemented from October 3 to October 31 across the district. During this special drive, all children from six to 60 months of age will be administered with IFA syrup bi-weekly by ASHA, link workers and ASHA supervisors. All pregnant women will be administered IFA tablets by ANM, LHV and MPW during the third month of pregnancy and post-delivery period.
In his speech, Dr Angamuthu requested all health workers to work in convergence with panchayat and rural development officials and officials of the social welfare department at field level to improve haemoglobin level among children and women as part of the effort to decrease infant mortality and maternal mortality rates.
The DC also requested NGOs and self-help groups around Guwahati city, especially in the slums and hilly areas, to raise awareness in the community regarding importance of iron folic acid tablets and syrup.
Dr Angamuthu also instructed the district and block level officials to support the field functionaries and monitor proper implementation of the programme.
Dr JP Sarma, Nodal Officer of Mission Tejeswee, spoke about the objectives of the programme and on the need to prioritise the target groups, both pregnant women and children.
Others who spoke on the occasion were health expert Sikha Borthakur, Additional DC F Ahmed and Joint Director of Health Services Dr Ganesh Saikia.