Children studying in 6th to 10th standards will be given IFA tablets once a week
The National Weekly Iron and Folic Acid Supplementation (WIFS) programme was launched in Dharwad district with Health Department officials distributing tablets to children of Basel Mission Boys High School here on Wednesday.
Speaking after the launch of the programme, Deputy Commissioner Sameer Shukla said this was a unique initiative by the Union government to prevent anaemia in adolescents. Students studying in class sixth to tenth in government and aided schools will be given Iron and Folic Acid (IFA) tablets once in a week. The supplements will be given to school drop-outs as well.
They will be distributed to students every Monday after their mid-day meal for the entire year. Each tablet contains 100 mg iron and 500 mg folic acid. Students will also be given albendazole tablets twice a year, which are used to treat tapeworms. Doctors will visit schools and counsel students on the importance of sound nutrition, Mr. Shukla added. Under this project, teachers and anganwadi workers have been roped in to distribute tablets. In every school, the physical instructor and science teacher will be made nodal officials, he said.
Mr. Shukla stated the district has also launched the Suvarna Arogya Chaitanya scheme in government, aided and unaided schools. Under this project, free medical check-up and treatment will be provided.
Last year, of the three lakh children in Dharwad district, 2.92 lakh children underwent medical check-up. The district had registered a target of 97 per cent. This year, the project would benefit more than 3.12 lakh children studying in 1,558 schools, he said.
Zilla Panchayat chief executive officer P.A. Meghannavar, District Health and Family Welfare officer N.M. Angadi and others were present.