Reduction of anemia is prioritised by the Government under the recently-launched POSHAN Abhiyaan as it aims to reduce blood disorder’s prevalence by three per cent per year among children, adolescents, women in reproductive age group and pregnant women between the year 2018 and 2022.
In this regard, Anemia Mukt Bharat (AMB) Strategy has been formulated (also known as Intensified National Iron Plus Initiative) for holistic and comprehensive management of anemia among the six target age groups, including women in reproductive age group, official sources here said.
Guidelines have been issued to the states, UTs for universal screening of pregnant women at all health facilities.180 Iron and folic acid (IFA) tablets are given in the ante natal and 180 IFA tablets are given in the post-natal period to all pregnant women. If pregnant women are found to be clinically anemic, they are given double doses of tablets as a part of treatment regimen. For Adolescent girls of 10-19 years of age, weekly iron folic acid is provided throughout.
To address anemia due to worm infestation, deworming of pregnant women is done after first trimester of pregnancy and biannually in adolescents, they added. To tackle the problem of anemia due to malaria, particularly in women and children, Long Lasting Insecticide Nets (LLINs) and Insecticide Treated Bed Nets (ITBNs) are being distributed in endemic areas.
Health and nutrition education through Information, Education and Communication (IEC) material in the form of posters, hoardings, wall-writings and audio-visuals is undertaken.
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