Fortis Hospital Gurugram joins hands to make Malnutrition free Gurugram
Over 250 Anganbadi workers tested for low hemoglobin levels
Gurugram: With an endeavour to raise awareness and make Gurugram malnutrition-free, Fortis Memorial Research Institute, Gurugram organised a free health camp followed by an interactive workshop explaining the dire need to eliminate anemia and associated disorders. Coupled with the Government’s Nutrition Campaign, this is yet another public centric step taken by the leading hospital of the region.
The health camp was launched in the presence of Dr Yash Garg, IAS, Deputy Commissioner, District Gurugram and Sh Prashant Panwar, IAS, Additional District Commissioner, Gurugram. The camp saw a huge participation of over 250 anganbadi workers, who underwent CBC test and were explained about the ways to healthy well-being. All the anganbadi workers were also trained for 7 days for the management and eradication of malnutrition from the region.
The campaign was positively garnered to encourage women and anganbadi workers to initiate for a healthy lifestyle. These anganbadi trainers would then train the children from their respective region on ways to Hain a health life through proper intake of nutrition. In view of the fact that atleast one-third of the Indian Women are anemic, iron rich diet plays a major role in curbing the current situation. The session emphasized on Training of Trainers (ToT) fact that the anganbadi workers have a major role to play in the elimination of malnutrition and contribute in the Nation’s well-being
Around 40% of the women from Anganbadi undergoing the tests were identified to be having low levels of Hb (anemic) and around 56% of the urban Anganbadi workers from the nearby areas of Gurugram had optimal levels of Hb. Being on the frontline, these women need to be self-directed, motivated and dedicated towards the social cause of eliminating malnutrition from the society.
“Due to the lack of awareness, most women ignore the early Symptoms of these diseases. It is important to create awareness that these diseases are permanently curable. These patients have low haemoglobin, low white cell counts and low platelets, so they usually present with weakness, tiredness, persistent fever or bleeding spots (red- or blue-coloured spots) over the body.” Said Dr Rahul Bhargava, Director & Head, Haematology, Haemato-Oncology & Bone Marrow Transplant, Fortis Memorial Research Institute, Gurugram.