The Department of Community Medicines and Family Medicines of AIIMS-Bhubaneswar has implemented a unique initiative under the Community Led Activities for POSHAN (CLAP) program to address the problem of lack of knowledge and information related to nutrition.
AIIMS-Bhubaneswar Executive Director Dr. Ashutosh Biswas said on Thursday’s celebration of ‘POSHAN Mela’ at Nayapalli Urban Health and Training Center that raising awareness about important behavioral changes in nutrition and building the capacity of the Mahila Arogya Samiti (MAS) members is the necessity of the hour for a healthy society.
As part of the national-level POSHAN Maah celebration, the Resource Center for Advancement on Public Health Nutrition hosted the program. More than 150 participants from 10 Mahila Arogya Samitis demonstrated skills and discussed various issues related to infant and toddler nutrition, complementary nutrition, exclusive breastfeeding, hand washing, deworming, growth monitoring of newborns, care related to prenatal checkups and postnatal checkups, diabetes type II and hypertension, etc.
The Mela supported by UNICEF was attended by AIIMS-Bhubaneswar Executive Director Dr. Biswas, AIIMS-Bibinagar Executive Director Dr. Vikas Bhatia, Director, Family Welfare, Odisha, Dr. Bijay Kumar Panigrahi, AIIMS-Bhubaneswar CM and FM Department HoD Dr Sonu H Subba, Dr. Swayam Pragyan Parida, Dr. Binod Kumar Behera and Dr. Prajna Paramita Giri.
The unique program is expected to promote behavioral changes in slum dwellers as they will be made sensitive to key behavioral patterns related to nutrition. Previously, pre-evaluation and screening of MAS members’ performances was done by senior doctors of AIIMS-Bhubaneswar. On this occasion, a continuing medical education (CME) on nutrition was also organized for medical and nursing students and trainees at AIIMS-Bhubaneswar.