Chhattisgarh reopens its anganwadis to provide daily hot nutritious meals -Sarah Khan
Chhattisgarh has become the first state in the country to reopen its anganwadi centres amid the COVID-19 to offer health and nutrition services to kids and women
After remaining shut for almost half a year, 55,000 anganwadis in Chhattisgarh reopened yesterday on September 7 to provide hot nutritious meals and health services to 1.5 million children under the age of six years, and 0.5 million pregnant and lactating women registered with these pre-school, non-formal education centres across the state. Due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, anganwadis and educational institutes across the country are shut since March this year. These anganwadis support the nutritional needs of at least 158 million under-six kids in the country. Amid the shutdown, though the states were providing dry ration to the beneficiary kids and women, public health experts had warned of the far-reaching health impacts.
Chhattisgarh has now become the first state to reopen its anganwadis to provide daily hot, nutritious meals to kids and women, a move welcomed by the Right To Food Campaign activists and those working to address malnutrition. An order to this effect was issued on September 2 by the state’s Department of Women and Child Development, a copy of which is with Gaon Connection. The anganwadis in the state are shut since March 14. This move to reopen the centres has also timed well with the third Rashtriya Poshan Maah, or the national nutrition month of September 2020, as designated by the Indian government to promote nutrition in women and kids.
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GaonConnection.com, 8 September, 2020, https://en.gaonconnection.com/chhattisgarh-reopens-its-anganwadis-to-provide-daily-hot-nutritious-meals/