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Odisha rated as High Performing State in ICDS intervention

 

Monday June 09, 2014

Odisha, Women and Child Development, ICDS, Nutrition  
 
Odisha's flagship programme for pregnant and lactating mothers, 'MAMATA', was effective with 6.32 lakh women covered till November 2012. An amount of Rs.172 Cr. was disbursed to expecting mothers through e-transfer of money directly to their accounts. Maternal and Child Protection cards were issued and made operational in case of pregnant women.  
HNF Correspondent  
   

The Supreme Court panel has appreciated Odisha’s ICDS intervention in decentralization of Supplementary Nutrition Programme saying that involving local women groups in the programme as one of the best practices to be taken as a model for imitation in other states. Women and Child Development Secretary Arati Ahuja brought this to light in the State Level Monitoring and Review Committee Meeting held of January 15, 2013. Further to this, in the Evaluation Report on ICDS, the Planning Commission has also designated Odisha as a ‘High Performing State’. The Report has mentioned that Odisha’s frequency of delivery of SNP services is more than 80% whereas, the Planning Evaluation Organization (PEO) of Planning Commission expressed high level of satisfaction on Major Developmental Programmes in left wing extremism affected districts.

 

To keep the trend of such development going forward, Chief Secretary of Odisha, Bijay Kumar Patnaik, advised to empower the Janch (monitoring) committees and Mothers’ committees with more knowledge and information on nutrition. Patnaik also advised to plan for their orientation and training at block level through reliable NGOs. While suggesting the department to undertake training programmes for SHG engaged in THR (Take Home Ration) production and ICDS supervisors about how to maintain nutrition level in THR, Patnaik advised the department to develop a comprehensive plan for communication on nutrition in consultation with experts from State Institute of Health and draw a year-long calendar of communication activities.

Other important issues that figured in meeting were related to combating malaria, malnutrition, making CHCs (Community Health Centres) more effective, service oriented and attractive for handling and promoting institutional delivery. The meeting drew opinion that the mothers should be encouraged to stay at least for 2 days in the hospital with their new born babies for proper care and treatment. Chief Secretary advised to department to plan out details for giving them child health, feeding and sanitation information along with a model baby kit during their stay in the hospital.

Development Commissioner of Odisha, Jugal Kishore Mohapatra, who also attended the meeting, suggested to prepare a detail plan for development of maternal and child care units in CHCs and ensure deployment of gynaecology specialists in each CHC while advising the department to saturate distribution of mosquito nets in all the endemic areas and take up intensive campaign for prevention of malaria in all these areas.

Reviewing Pre-school and early child hood education activities in ICDS centres, Chief Secretary told the department to develop a best model for children with inputs from experts and activists working in the filed of early childhood education.

Rural Development Secretary S. N. Tripathy, who participated in discussion on sanitation activities in AWC, suggested that the beneficiaries covered under MAMATA can be obliged to construct their household toilets by availing financial and technical assistance. Tripathy assured that the financial assistance to the tune of Rs.10000 would be transmitted to their bank accounts directly.

As per available data, MAMATA programme was effective with 6.32 lakh women covered till November 2012. An amount of Rs.172 Cr. was disbursed to expecting mothers through e-transfer of money directly to their accounts. Maternal and Child Protection cards were issued and made operational in case of pregnant women.

The Chief Secretary further advised the department to keep track of all the mothers through proper counselling so that they regularly undergo medical check-up and take necessary safety and nutritional measures and avail all the 4 instalments in time.

 
 

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