Poshan Maah observed amongst children of CCI

Namchi, 20th September(IPR): A daylong celebration of Poshan Maah organized in collaboration with the State Child Protection Society and State Commission for Protection of Child Rights was held at Officer’s Club, today. Chairperson, Sikkim Commission for Protection of Child Rights (SCPCR) Ms Rama Tamang was the Chief Guest for the event. Present amongst others were Additional Secretary cum Member Secretary (WCD) Ms Tashi Choden Bhutia, DCPO(South) Ms Roshnila Gurung, Member (SCPCR) Ms Kelsang Bhutia, Assistant Director (SCPCR) Mr I.P. Sharma, CDPO (Namchi) Mr Laxman Tamang, Programme Officer (WCD) Mr Peter Rai, Assistant Director (Nutrition) Ms Sophia Lepcha, Programme Officer (WCD) Mr Peter Rai, Protection Officer Mr Wangyal Tamang accompanied by Incharge of Child Care Institutes (CCI), Supervisor of ICDS, Poshan Maah Team, AWW and staff from Nutrition, DCPO and Health Department.
It may be mentioned that this Poshan Abhiyan program is being organized for the first time for the children of Child Care Institutes in the district. A total of 55 children from Manjusha Open Shelter Home, Mayallang Home, Turuk Children’s Home, Suraksha Open Shelter and Kapinzal Children’s Home participated in this Poshan Abhiyan program.
Addressing, the gathering Chief Guest Ms Rama Tamang applauded the efforts of the official in conducting such kind of educative program. She also extended her gratitude to the children who enthusiastically took part in the various activities lined up by the department. During the program, an anaemia screening was also set up wherein it was detected that most of the children were anaemic, in this regard, she underscored the charges of CCI and other concerned officials to strengthen the existing mechanisms and foster newer strategies for tackling anaemia. Moreover, she also spoke about the various initiatives of the State Government aimed at uplifting the CCI and towards the welfare of children at large.
Speaking, during the occasion CDPO (Namchi) Mr Laxman Tamang highlighted the objectives of Poshan Maah and added that the Ministry of Women and Child Development is celebrating the 5th Rashtriya Poshan Maah, 2022 across the nation from 1st September till 30th September. He added that Rashtriya Poshan Maah serves as a platform to bring focus to the discourse of nutrition and good health. Additionally, he also brought to light the immense work that Anganwadi Workers have contributed with utmost dedication in ensuring the promotion of healthy growth amongst children.
The program was marked by various educational activities like quizzes and drawing competitions based on the theme of Poshan Abhiyan in which children from the five CCI energetically took part. In the drawing competition, the first, second and third position was bagged by Sneha Subba, Ratan and Hema Devi, respectively.