Aizawl, July 27: State Health Minister Lal Thanzara today launched Intensified Diarrhoea Control Fortnight (ICDF) 2015 in a function at Aijal Club Aijal Club. The same programme was launched in District Headquarters of the State too.
Speaking in the programme, Health Minister Lal Thanzara called on Health Workers, ASHA, Village Health Sanitation & Nutrition Committees, Teaachers, Anganwadi Workers and the general people to remind themselves of their high responsibility of eradicating Diarrhoea deaths. He invited each and everyone to do their best at their own level of responsibility.
Saying 11% of infant deaths is due to Diarrhoea, Health Minister emphasized on the need to spread the awareness of its prevention and treatment. He also underlined the need of collective effort.
AMC Chairman CT Zakhuma also stressed on the responsibility of the people in general, saying it is not the sole responsibility of the workers under Health Department.
About 1.4 lakh of children, below the age of 5 years, die of Diarrhoea annually in India. In Mizoram, 17 children had died of Diarrhaeo during 2014-15.
As in other parts of the country, Intensified Diarrhoea Control Fortnight will be observed in two phases, the first phase during 27th July -1st August 2015 and the second phase during 3rd August-8th August 2015.
Week 1 will focus on diarrhea control related activities while Week 2 will focus on Infant and Young Child Feeding Practices.
During the first week of Intensified Diarrhoea Control Fortnight ASHA and Health Workers would distribute ORS to all families with under five children and also would demonstrate and explain the method of ORS preparation, among other activities which would include establishment of ZincCorners and Hand washing demonstration.
The second week of IDCF will be observed as Infant and Young Child Feeding Practices Week for awareness generation on correct child feeding practices, creating awareness on problem of under nutrition, detection and treatment of under nutrition and providing effective IYCF counseling services.