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Taking Giant Leap Towards Eliminating Malnutrition, Guj CM Launches ‘Bal Amrutam’ and ‘Mission Shakti’ Programs at Dang

As a part of malnutrition-free Gujarat campaign, Gujarat Chief Minister Smt Anandiben Patel launched Bal Amrutam and Mission Shakti schemes in remotest tribal area Dang-Ahwa this morning. Similar programs were also simultaneously held in 39 different talukas in the state to curb malnutrition among children and mothers.

On this occasion, CM Smt Patel said that weak adolescent girls, pregnant women and malnourished children are a cause of worry for our society. She said that though as a result of series of steps taken by the BJP-led state government in last 15 years the infant mortality rate has dropped, but unfortunately it is still quite high and needs attention. She further stated that tackling malnutrition is a collective responsibility. Talking about ‘Chiranjeevi Yojana’ introduced by the state government, she said that the scheme is aimed at increasing free institutional deliveries in remote areas.

In this program, CM Smt Patel talked about various precautionary measures taken by the state government for adolescent girls, pregnant women and children right from their birth to avoid future health related complications.

CM Smt Patel explained the importance of prevention and immediate treatment for the common birth defects in child and stated that such child has to face domestic and social indifference and ultimately the child becomes a victim of inferiority complex. She also spoke about the health department’s campaign to wipe out cases of deformity like bow legs, cleft lips and cleft palate with the help of micro-surgery.

CM Smt Patel shared that the health of about 45 lakh Anganwadi children have been checked by measuring their height, weight, muscular strength and swollen legs and identified malnourished children are being treated jointly by Health Department and Women & Child Development Department of Gujarat government.

CM Smt Patel said that under ‘Bal Amrutam’, nutritious diet specially prepared by Amul Dairy will be distributed among children. She also informed that to ensure that girls do not face iron deficiency, the government is providing free tablets of iron folic acid.

Talking about ‘Mission Shakti’ initiative, CM Smt Patel said that this is another step to combat jaundice among infants, adolescents, young girls and pregnant women. As part of ‘Mission Shakti’, children and women found with symptoms of jaundice will be given free treatment through National Iron Plus Initiative.

CM Smt Patel stated that our government is highly concerned about the health of mothers and infants and I am sure that launched from the tribal district of Dang, ‘Bal Amrutam’ will pave way for malnutrition-free Gujarat. She also appealed to take a pledge to eradicate the evil of malnutrition.

CM Smt Patel accused Congress party for the condition of malnutrition in the state and said that if they had taken some concrete steps, we would not have faced this situation and could have saved our children and mothers. She further stated that the problem with the Congress party is that they are completely blind towards the good work done in Gujarat.

On the sidelines, CM dedicated centrally air-conditioned 200 beds Civil Hospital with most modern medical facilities built at a cost of Rs. 31 crore. She shared that this new civil hospital will ensure healthcare facilities and will be greatly benefit the people of Dang and nearby regions. She also dedicated a Nursing School and Hostel, a new building of Science College at Ahwa and Subir Taluka Seva Sadan. She also announced that the beautification of Ahwa lake will start soon. She shared that provision of Rs.2500 crore has been made in this year’s budget for boosting rural road infrastructure. She stated that comprehensive steps have been taken by the state government to ensure the well-being of tribal community and development of Dang district.

During the event, CM Smt Patel launched a booklet depicting the success story of malnutrition free Gujarat. She also distributed kits to about 40 beneficiaries of Vishwakarma Yojna and made symbolic distribution of gas cylinders to be supplied to BPL families by forest department.

On this occasion, MP Dr. K. C. Patel, Presidents of District and Taluka Panchayats, Vice Chairman of Gujarat Safai Kamdar Vikas Nigam Shri Sureshbhai Makwana, In-charge of Dang and Ex-Minister Shri Karsanbhai Patel, District BJP President Shri Rameshbhai Chaudhary, Gandakaka (Guruji) of Dang Swaraj Ashram, Health Commissioner Shri J. P. Gupta, District Collector Shri M. J. Thakkar, DDO, other dignitaries, elected representatives, community leaders and people of Dang remained present.

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