SHILLONG, Sept 2 - Meghalaya�s Social Welfare Minister Kyrmen Shylla launched the National Nutrition Month, also known as the Rashtriya Poshan Maah, here on Monday.
The objective of the month-long programme is to ensure that India is malnutrition-free by 2022. To achieve this objective, Prime Minister, Narendra Modi launched the Poshan Abhiyan on March 8, 2018 at Jhunjhuna in Rajasthan. The message of this month-long progarmme is �Har Ghar Poshan Vyavahar� which translates to �Use of nutrients in every household.� The programme focuses on all departments converging and working together to achieve the objective and to take the message to the community in the field.
Launching the programme, Shylla said several health initiatives have been taken to tackle malnutrition in the country and some of these initiatives have been fruitful. �Poshan Abhiyan is India�s flagship programme to improve the nutritional outcome for children, pregnant women and lactating mothers,� he said.
He also stressed the importance of breast-feeding for the first six months for proper mental and physical development of babies. He said that the month-long programme aims to synergize all efforts through technological intervention to create awareness on nutrition and turn it into a people�s movement.
Meghalaya�s Director of Health and Family Welfare Dr LM Pdah said the 1,000 days from the mother�s womb were the most crucial period in the life of an individual. He said many people in the state suffer from anaemia, and the disease can be prevented by eating �Jamirdoh�, a local green salad, which was full of iron content.