Bhubaneswar, November 24 – Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday launched the Anemia Mukt Lakh Abhiyan (AMLAN) initiative in the state to reduce anemia among the population. The program will be implemented by several departments including Health and Family Welfare, School and Mass Education, Women. and Child Development, Mission Shakti and ST and SC Development. Despite several welfare programmes, including the Supplementary Nutrition Program (SNP), the prevalence of anemia has increased in different age groups in the state between 2015-16 and 2020-21.
Launching the program virtually, the Chief Minister said that about 1.37 lakh people would be benefited by this programme. Crore people including pregnant women, lactating mothers, women of reproductive age group, adolescents and children in the state. The program will be launched in 55,000 government and aided schools and 74,000 Anganwadi centers across the state. It will focus on strengthening the prophylaxis approach, test, treat and talk (T3), address non-nutritional causes of anaemia, awareness and dietary diversity.
\CM issued operational guidelines and urged the concerned departments and on-field service providers to work in a concerted manner for successful implementation of AMLAN to achieve anemia free Odisha. Among non-pregnant women and girls aged 15 and 19, it has increased from 51 per cent in 2015-2016 to 65.5 per cent in 2020-2021. Chief Secretary Suresh Chandra Mohapatra said that this program will definitely be successful with the coordinated efforts of all the departments. The program was coordinated by VK Pandian, Secretary (5T) to the Chief Minister. Health and Family Welfare Secretary Shalini Pandit was also present.
CM Naveen launches AMLAN for anemia free Odisha
Story first published: Thursday, November 24, 2022, 21:31 [IST]