Press Esc to close
Monday 22 May 2017
News updated at 11:00 PM IST

Schoolchildren to get iron, folic acid tablets from tomorrow

Bangalore, July 15, 2013, DHNS: 1:52 IST

Programme aimed at checking nutritional anaemia

The Health and Family Welfare department will be launching the Weekly Iron and Folic Acid supplementation (WIFS) programme from July 17 to do away with nutritional anaemia among children, adolescent girls and pregnant women in the state.

Under the WIFS programme, Iron and Folic Acid capsules will be given to girls and boys enrolled in Class VI to XII in government and government-aided schools and anganwadi centres. IFA supplements of 100 mg elemental iron and 500 microgram of Folic Acid will be given to children every Monday.

The IFA supplementation in the form of capsules with enteric coating (barrier applied to oral medication that controls the location in the digestive system where it is absorbed) to avoid diarrhoea and vomiting, will be supplied to children across the country from Wednesday.

The nodal teachers from every school and anganwadi workers have been trained to implement the scheme to screen the target groups’ anaemia and refer them to the nearest public health facility. The programme also includes a component of deworming every six months to control helminthic (worms)
infestation.

What is anaemia?

Anaemia is basically low haemoglobin level in the blood, which is a serious public health problem in the country as per the National Family Health Survey-3 conducted in 2005-2006. The survey said that nearly 74 per cent of the people have their haemoglobin level less than the normal level.

The survey states that in Karnataka, anaemia was high among pregnant women (60.4 pc), women in reproductive age group (52.2 pc), adolescent girls (51.3 pc), adolescent boys (26.9 pc) and children under five years (70 pc).

Go to Top

Photo Gallery
Police take away women from a hotel who were arrested for their...

Police take away women from a hotel who were arrested for their...

Vice President Mike Pence, center, receives an honorary degree...

Vice President Mike Pence, center, receives an honorary degree...

President Donald Trump and Saudi King Salman pose...

President Donald Trump and Saudi King Salman pose...

Actor Dustin Hoffman, left, director Noah Baumbach,...

Actor Dustin Hoffman, left, director Noah Baumbach,...

A labourer clears water in a market after rain...

A labourer clears water in a market after rain...

Students arrive for an orientation programme regarding new admissions...

Students arrive for an orientation programme regarding new admissions...

In this photo distributed by the North Korean government, a solid-fuel 'Pukguksong-2'...

In this photo distributed by the North Korean government, a solid-fuel 'Pukguksong-2'...

Pauline Ado of France celebrates with her team after winning...

Pauline Ado of France celebrates with her team after winning...

A man is taken away by police after protesting against fox hunting...

A man is taken away by police after protesting against fox hunting...

Prime Minister Narendra Modi being presented a headgear at the...

Prime Minister Narendra Modi being presented a headgear at the...

Like us on Facebook

Copyright 2017, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523
Powered by Yodasoft Technologies Pvt. Ltd.