Bhubaneswar, November 23: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday launched AMLAN – Anaemia Mukta Lakhya Abhiyan in the State, for achieving Anaemia Mukta Odisha. The programme will be rolled out in 55,000 Government and Government-Aided Schools and 74,000 anganwadi centres (AWCs).
Launching the programme on a virtual platform, the Chief Minister said that the programme will benefit about 1.37 crore people, which includes pregnant women, lactating mothers, women of reproductive age group, adolescents and children.
“It’s a multipronged approach for accelerated reduction of anaemia among targeted groups. The programme will be carried out by several departments including Health and Family Welfare, School and Mass Education, Women and Child Development, Mission Shakti and ST and SC Development Department,” said the Chief Minister.
Terming the mission a giant leap, the CM said,” It’s our own programme for making the state free from anaemia, especially women and children.”
He further said that the major interventions are strengthening iron and folic acid supplementation, testing for haemoglobin, treatment of anaemic cases, capacity building of service providers and social behaviour change communication.
The CM urged the concerned departments and on-field service providers to work in a concerted manner for successful implementation of AMLAN for achieving Anaemia Mukta Odisha. He also released the Operational Guidelines for AMLAN.
Chief Secretary Suresh Chandra Mohapatra said that this programme will definitely succeed with coordinated efforts of all departments. Previously, we have done it in management of Covid-19, he added.
Health and Family Welfare Secretary Shalini Pandit spoke. Principal Secretaries and Secretaries of several departments, officials from all districts joined online.