AMLAN Giant Leap to Make Odisha Anaemia Free: CM

Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today launched AMLAN- Anaemia Mukta Lakhya Abhiyan in state. It’s a multipronged approach for accelerated reduction of anaemia among targeted groups. The programme will be carried out by several departments including Health & Family Welfare, School & Mass Education, Women & Child Development, Mission Shakti and ST& SC Development Department. Terming the mission a giant leap, the CM said that it’s our own programme for making the state free from anaemia, especially women and children. Launching the programme on virtual platform, the Chief Minister said that the programme, the programme will benefit about 1.37 Crore people, which includes pregnant women, lactating mothers, women of reproductive age group, adolescents 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. He said, this programme will be rolled out in 55 thousand government and government aided schools and 74 thousand Anganwadi Centres across the State. Saying that all our endeavours is focused on the principle of ‘Every life is precious’, he said that the State Government has prioritized for development of the health sector in our state. With intensive focus on public health schemes, Odisha has shown improvement in many health indicators like Immunisation, Infant Mortality Rate, Maternal Mortality Ratio, infant and young child feeding practices, and under-nutrition.
However, anaemia remains a major public health challenge across the country, he added.