The Health and Family Welfare Department launched the Weekly Iron and Folic Acid supplementation (WIFS) programme at a government school in city this morning.

The programme has been launched from today to do away with nutritional anaemia among children, adolescent girls and pregnant women in the State.

Dy. Commissioner Dr. Ramegowda launched the programme sponsored by the Government of India by administering the capsule to a girl student at Kukkarahalli Government School this morning.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Ramegowda urged the teachers and officials to work in tandem for the successful implementation of the programme.

Under the programme, Iron and Folic Acid capsules will be administered among the girls and boys studying from class 6th to 10th in Government and Government-aided schools and Anganwadi centers.

Iron and Folic Acid supplements will be given to children on every Monday throughout the district. The capsules contain 100 mg of elemental iron and 500 mg of Folic Acid.

The capsules are administered to avoid diarrhea and vomiting and to increase the nutrition level. Responsibility of implementing the programme has been given to teachers in schools and anganwadi workers throughout the country. They have also been trained to screen children for anameia and refer them to the nearest public health centers.

Apart from administering the supplements, the anganwadi workers have been given the responsibility of administering ‘Albendazole’ tablet (400 mg), a deworming component, for six months to girls between the age group of 10-19 years. A survey states that in Karnataka, anaemia is high in adolescent girls, adolescent boys and children below five years.

A total number 2,21,938 students (1,09,619 boys and 1,12,319 girls) will be administered with Iron and Folic Acid supplements every week.

DHO Dr. S.M. Malegowda, DDPI B.K. Basavaraju, BEO Raghunandan, Corporator R. Lingappa, School Development Management Committee (SDMC) President Jyothi, School Head Master V. S. Prakash and others were present on the occasion.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore