Statewide survey of nutrition among children, women to start on Wednesday
Kozhikode: An order issued by the Department of Women and Child Development in the backdrop of the National Nutrition Week has caused headache for the Anganwadi workers. They have been directed to record the height and weight of the children by visiting their respective houses from Wednesday onwards. With the rising threat of Covid-19 and the recently reported case of Nipah virus, it is not practical to visit every house and take the number.
Children below the age of 18 years, lactating mothers and pregnant women should be subjected to the health survey that is to be conducted from September 8 to 20. The survey is planned to find out cases of malnourishment, underweight, anaemia, retardedness and similar health conditions.
The Anganwadi workers will have to visit about 200-300 houses carrying the thread to measure height, digital weighing machine and other essentials for the survey. Following the Covid protocols, the inmates of the houses have to measure the height and weight of the candidates for Anganwadi workers.
The Anganwadi workers pointed out their difficulties and also the anxiety of the people as they have to visit every house during the pandemic and Nipah outbreak. Pregnant women and children are already getting nutritious food from the Anganwadis. The officials said that they have not yet received any order to stop the survey as it is a statewide one.