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UP rolls out ‘Hausla’ initiative to tackle malnutrition in pregnant women, infants

LUCKNOW || To prevent malnutrition in pregnant women in the state, the state government, through a cabinet by circulation today, decided to undertake ‘Hausla Feeding Programme’ for malnourished pregnant women identified by the ICDS department. This information was provided by a state government spokesman today.

akyThe spokesman further informed that per day these pregnant women would be fed warm food and iron tablets along with milk and fruits. Through this ambitious programme, efforts would be made to bridge the gap between calories and proteins, prevent anaemia, promote institutional delivery through counselling, encourage breastfeeding, improve health of the mother and keep the infant in good health.

The spokesman also added that the responsibility, under the programme, to get the food cooked would be on the ‘Gram Pradhan’ and the serving of the would to the beneficiaries would be on the ‘Gram Pradhan’ and the ‘Aanganwaadi’ workers.

Use of iodised salt in cooking has been made mandatory. Kitchen and infrastructure of the primary schools serving mid-day meals would be used for the cooking purposes under this programme as per need and rules.

The programme would be well-publicised through wall writing and hoardings. An effective mechanism has been taken up to monitor and review the programme.