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WIFS launched in Nagaland

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DIMAPUR, May 12 � Nagaland Minister for Health & Family Welfare Imkong L Imchen has launched the �Weekly Iron & Folic Acid Supplementation� (WIFS) programme for adolescents in Kohima recently.

Addressing the function, the Minister said WIFS is an important programme for adolescent launched by the Union Health Ministry across the country. Expressing happiness over launching of the programme in the State, he said School Education and Social Welfare departments will act as implementing agencies for the programme.

While giving an overview of WIFS, Joint Director, H&FW, Dr Kevichusa Medikhru stated that the WIFS was launched to reduce the prevalence of severity of nutritional anaemia in adolescent population for the age group of 10-19 years. The target groups will be the adolescent girls and boys enrolled in government/government aided/municipal schools from standard VI to XII and also for adolescent girls who are not in schools, he added.

He informed the Iron & Folic Acid (IFA) tablets containing 100 mg elemental iron and 500 mg folic acid will be distributed on all Mondays at schools and Anganwadi centres. In addition to IFA supplements, Albendazole tablets for de-worming will also be given twice a year to the same target groups, he said.

Emphasising on the importance of the programme, he said that anaemia in India primarily occurs due to iron deficiency and is the most widespread nutritional deficiency disorder in the country. During adolescence, iron deficiency anaemia can result in impaired physical growth, poor cognitive development, reduced physical fitness and work performance and have a higher risk of pre-term delivery and having babies with low birth weight, he stated.

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WIFS launched in Nagaland

DIMAPUR, May 12 � Nagaland Minister for Health & Family Welfare Imkong L Imchen has launched the �Weekly Iron & Folic Acid Supplementation� (WIFS) programme for adolescents in Kohima recently.

Addressing the function, the Minister said WIFS is an important programme for adolescent launched by the Union Health Ministry across the country. Expressing happiness over launching of the programme in the State, he said School Education and Social Welfare departments will act as implementing agencies for the programme.

While giving an overview of WIFS, Joint Director, H&FW, Dr Kevichusa Medikhru stated that the WIFS was launched to reduce the prevalence of severity of nutritional anaemia in adolescent population for the age group of 10-19 years. The target groups will be the adolescent girls and boys enrolled in government/government aided/municipal schools from standard VI to XII and also for adolescent girls who are not in schools, he added.

He informed the Iron & Folic Acid (IFA) tablets containing 100 mg elemental iron and 500 mg folic acid will be distributed on all Mondays at schools and Anganwadi centres. In addition to IFA supplements, Albendazole tablets for de-worming will also be given twice a year to the same target groups, he said.

Emphasising on the importance of the programme, he said that anaemia in India primarily occurs due to iron deficiency and is the most widespread nutritional deficiency disorder in the country. During adolescence, iron deficiency anaemia can result in impaired physical growth, poor cognitive development, reduced physical fitness and work performance and have a higher risk of pre-term delivery and having babies with low birth weight, he stated.

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