Policy to address women, girl health issues emphasised

Bhubaneswar: A one-day workshop on health issues affecting
women and girls in the State was organised here to develop inputs for the
Odisha State Policy for the Girl Child and Women, which is a part of the series
of Odisha State Policy for Girl Child and Women consultations over various
programmes, schemes and provisions for the empowerment of women and the
development of the girl child.
Various women health issues like reproductive health issues beyond
maternal health, reproductive
morbidities, prevention and treatment of cancer
of, uterus, ovary, and breast were also discussed by eminent dignitaries
attending the workshop. Issues related to harassment at workplace, gender
violence and facilities.
The workshop revealed
that, as per the NFHS data, 40.7 per cent of the children are underweight in the
State and as per Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS) data 64 per cent of
the girls are normal but more girls than boys suffer in cases of severely
malnourished children.
Further, the total fertility rate (TFR) of the State is
lower than the national average but there has been a significant decline in the
Maternal Mortality Rate (MMR) to 258. The IMR has shown a decline but there is
with Female IMR being 58 and the Male IMR being 52. 61 per cent women in Odisha
have anemia and girls are slightly more likely to be anemia than boys (67 per
cent vs 64 per cent) as per NFHS.
Social Welfare Director S Aswasthi, National Health Mission
managing director Roopa Mishra, UNFPA State Programme coordinator Dr Deepa Prasad
and Family Welfare director Dr Shashikanta Mishra participated in the
consultation and raised concern over the data of National Family Health Survey

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