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State to introduce schemes for newborns today

State to introduce schemes for newborns today

Kolkata: The state government will introduce Supusti Dibas and Annaprasan Dibas to combat malnutrition.

The 4th Friday of every month has been designated as the day of organising these events. Supusti Dibas is meant for pregnant women, while their husband and mother-in-law will be invited to join the programme as well. The community-based programmes will be held at the Anganwadi Centres (AWC).

Meanwhile, Annaprasan Dibas, an initiative for complementary feeding in children aged between six to nine months, is to be conducted quarterly.

Shashi Panja, minister of state for Women and Child Development and Social Welfare, will launch the programmes at a function in North Kolkata. Sanghamitra Ghosh, secretary, Women and Social Welfare and Child Development, will also be present at the function scheduled to be held on Friday.

The projects have been taken up following the initiative taken up by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to combat malnutrition, which poses a serious threat in the third world countries.

To make these projects, which are basically supplementary nutrition programmes, a success, awareness campaign at the community level is very important.

The early years of life are very crucial as the foundation of holistic development of a child is laid during this time, which in turn helps in shaping their future. In the formative years, care, nutrition and joyful learning experiences are required.

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