Bhubaneswar: A State-level workshop on the Adolescent Anaemia Control Programme was held in Hotel New Marrion by the Department of Health and Family Welfare in collaboration with Department of Women and Child Development, Odisha on Wednesday to mark the scaling up of the intervention across 30 districts in Odisha.

On this occasion, Anu Garg, Secretary-cum-Commissioner, Health & Family Welfare Department, said, “Based on the success of the Adolescent Anaemia Control Program in 9 districts of Odisha, we are scaling up this program to all 30 districts. This convergent programme will have a positive impact on the health of adolescent girls across the State.”

Arti Ahuja, Secretary-cum-Commissioner, Women & Child Development Department said, “The health of adolescent girls is of critical importance, not only because they will be future mothers, but also because they should have the opportunity to good health and well-being as their basic right. Just like we have ‘Iron Men’, we should now have ‘Iron Women’ strong in both body and mind.”

“The Adolescent Anaemia Control Programme is a timely and much-needed intervention in the State. I congratulate the two Departments – Health and WCD – for joining hands to make this program a success”, said Padmavati Yedla, Officer-in-charge, UNICEF.

The event was also graced by noted Odiya film actress Archita Sahoo, UNICEF’s celebrity supporter in Odisha, who commented, “I would urge all my young female friends across the State to have iron tablets regularly –one tablet every Saturday keeps Anaemia away.”

To ensure proper implementation of the programme, UNICEF Nutrition Officer, Deepika Sharma, laid emphasis on establishing robust monitoring mechanism at the district and block level.