Child marriage, prevalent in the district, is a cause for malnutrition among new born and efforts must be taken to provide nutritional food from childhood. This was stressed during the Children’s Day celebrations held at the Salem Collectorate on Thursday.
As part of the observance of World Breastfeeding Week, Global Iodine Deficiency Disorders (IDD) Prevention Day, Nutrition Week, International Women’s Day and Global Handwashing Day and under the Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS), the district administration organised various programmes in the city. To commemorate the observance of all these five occasions, Collector K. Maharabushanam flagged off a rally at Mahatma Gandhi Stadium that passed through Mulvadi Gate, Thiruvalluvar Statue, before culminating at the Collectorate. Students and anganwadi workers carried placards stressing the importance of leading a healthy life.
Nutrient foods, including spinach, vegetables, fruits and other supplements given to children in anganwadi centres were also displayed in an exhibition. Messages that stressed the necessity of maintaining cleanliness in schools and at homes, and nutrient value of foods were also kept on display. The need for providing all these nutrient foods from childhood was stressed to the visitors of the exhibition. The Rajiv Gandhi Scheme for Empowerment of Adolescent Girls, SABLA, nutrition programme for women during pregnancy, were explained to the participants.
Cultural competitions and fancy dress competitions were also conducted and prizes were distributed.