Ranchi, Jharkhand | January | Sunday | 29, 2017 :: The Jharkhand Matri Sishu Suraksha Evam Poshan Mah (JMSSPM) scheduled from 1 to 28 February 2017 was launched by the Department of Health and Family Welfare and UNICEF.
Supplementation of Vitamin A for children 9 month to 5 years of age reduces Vitamin A deficiency and childhood mortality. Vitamin A supplementation rounds are organised every year for children 9-59 months. Vitamin A supplementation protects children from different morbidities and blindness, and reduces all-cause mortality among children below 5 years by up to 24%. The bi-annual supplementation is the most effective public health intervention for prevention of Vitamin A deficiency.
The Additional Chief Secretary, Sudhir Tripathy said, “The biannual JMSSPM round is being organized from 1 -28 Feb 2017. A little over 33 lakh children 9- 59 months will be given Vitamin A Supplementation during this round. Last year it was organized from July to 15 August and covered 92% children in the state. The coverage in hard to reach areas was 89%. This year two 2 such rounds are planned. A total of 80,000 bottles of Vitamin A has already been distributed to all districts.
During the month long round the following activities are planned –
Vitamin A supplementation will be administered to children 9 -59 months
Screening of children with severe acute malnutrition using MUAC (Mid Upper Arm Circumference) tapes.
Distribution of IFA syrup to children 6 months – 5 years of age; IFA pink tablets for children 6-10 years in schools; IFA supplementation for pregnant and lactating women
Registration of pregnant and lactating women
Counselling on breastfeeding and complementary feeding for children
Salt sample testing in Endemic District of Ranchi, Lohardaga, Gumla, Palamu, Dumka, Deoghar, Godda & Sahebganj
Dr Madhulika Jonathan, Chief of UNICEF said, “Vitamin A supplementation reduces mortality among children below 5 years by upto 24%. Two high doses of Vitamin- A at an interval of at 6 months is a cost effective way to address Vitamin A deficiency where diet is deficient in Vitamin A. UNICEF is partnering with the Department of Health and Family Welfare, Government of Jharkhand in monitoring Vitamin A supplementation in 2200 hard to reach areas in the State.”
Follow up/Way forward
Regular feedback to Civil Surgeons on progress of Vitamin A supplementation, to maximize outreach
Assessment of Round-1 and microplanning for next round after 6 months.
The programme was attended by officials from Department of Health and Family Welfare, medical officers and health functionaries from the districts.