The Haryana government will launch a special campaign aimed at improving the health of malnourished children in the state, an official said on Friday.

Haryana Chief Secretary Sanjeev Kaushal said on Friday that the initiative would focus on factors like low weight and stunted growth that affect the lives of children from birth to the age of 6 years.

The target is to overcome these factors by 2026 and promote overall health of children and women, he said during a meeting here.

Kaushal stressed on the importance of conducting a survey to assess the extent of improvement in malnutrition and anemia among women and children.

He called for presenting meaningful results of the government’s six-month Poshan Abhiyaan so that any shortfall can be identified and its effectiveness enhanced.

Kaushal asked the officers to form a dedicated team to execute this survey campaign with the aim of eliminating malnutrition and anemia among women and children.

The state government will introduce a spirulina-based product under the Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS) for children with severe malnutrition and moderate levels of malnutrition on a pilot basis in Mewat for a period of six months, Kaushal said in a statement.

Spirulina, an algae that grows in fresh or salt water, is rich in nutrients and has antioxidant properties, the statement said.

Kaushal outlined three nutrition-rich programmes, which will be implemented in all blocks of the aspirational district Nuh under POSHAN Abhiyaan-2.

Nutritional support in the form of ready-to-eat foods, nutrition packets and antioxidant-rich foods will be provided to children and women in all blocks of Nuh district.

The Women and Child Development Department will provide groundnut mix to malnourished children under the Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS) on a pilot basis in Nuh district for a period of six months.

Kaushal said that the state government would form a special task force to create awareness among the community about the services provided by the anganwadi centres.

The members of this task force will focus on malnourished children and pregnant women. They will conduct focused home visits and ensure utilization of Take-Home Ration (THR) received from Anganwadi Centers by the beneficiaries.

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