KINS NSS Unit Observes ‘Rashtriya Poshan Maah 2021’
NSS wing of Kalinga Institute of Nursing Sciences (KINS), KIIT-DU observed ‘Rashtriya Poshan Maah 2021’on 16th September 2021. The program was conducted by NSS volunteers of B.Sc. Nursing 2nd year of KINS under the mentorship of NSS Program officer Ms. Daini Sunita (Tutor, KINS). It was a great opportunity and pleasing experience for the volunteers to interact and educate parents at pediatric OPD, ward of KIMS Hospital regarding Early Identification of SAM Children and Complementary Feeding. NSS volunteers presented on under nutrition, over nutrition, demonstrated use of Mid Upper Arm Circumference (MUAC) tape / Shakir tape, differentiated between two main malnutrition disorders Kwashiorkor & Marasmus and gave health talk to mothers regarding complementary feeding.
India has the largest number of malnourished children in the world and one-third of children are stunted globally. The Poshan Maah was launched on 8th March 2018 by the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India as the country’s flagship programme to improve nutritional outcomes for children, pregnant women and lactating mothers aiming for Holistic Nutrition. In order to ensure community mobilisation and increase people’s participation, every year the month of September is celebrated as ‘Poshan Maah’ across the country.