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Posted on Feb 26, 09:16PM | UNI
Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 25 : Measures to prevent diseases are better than treating them, Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said today.
Inaugurating the state level Weekly Iron- Folic acid supplementation scheme (WIFS) at St Joseph's School here, he said treatment facility to determine birth defects in children will be extended to taluk hospitals .
He made it clear that Cochlear Implantation scheme would be extended state wide. He also handed over a WIFS-kit to the principle of the school. Minister M K Muneer unveiled the logo of WIFS.
The programme is jointly implemented in Kerala by the Departments of Health and Family Welfare, Education, and Social Justice.
WIFS, a Govt of India programme, is designed to prevent, correct and reduce the degree and prevalence of Iron Deficiency Anemia in the community, and among adolescents particularly.
This will be done by a free weekly supplement of one-tablet of Iron Folic Acid, once every week during the period between 10 and 19 years, for all girls and boys in school (and also for all girls who are not attending school, through Aganwadi centres). The programme also includes twice yearly deworming, Nutrition Health education, and screening of adolescents at school for anemia.
Iron Deficiency Anemia is a widespread health problem among all age groups. It is very marked among adolescents, as they are at a stage when the body is growing rapidly.
Boys have significant muscle development, and girls start having periods during adolescence. Also, they generally pay very little attention to their diets at this time.
Many of the iron rich foods which are available are ignored by them. Anemic individuals feel tired all the time, have poor concentration, cant study or remember their lessons, feel tired and cannot actively play or participate in sports.
In appearance, their face and skin look pale, yellowish, dull and unattractive. Anemic teenage girls are more prone to have low-birth-weight babies and premature babies when they get married and get pregnant later in life.