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Ahmedabad district panchayat, which recently won a national award for implementing "Nutrition Mission" to check malnourishment among children aged 0-6 years during September 2011 to July 2012, is organising a mega medical check-up camp for the BPL families at Sola Civil Hospital on March 17.
The camp is being held as a part of the Mukhya Mantri Amrutam scheme to provide medical assistance to the BPL families and specialists from cardiac, kidney, cancer, brain disease, infant disease and serious injuries would examine the BPL members.
Addressing mediapersons here on Tuesday, District Development Officer(DDO) Banchhanidhi Pani said the BPL members, if found suffering from any of the above seven problems, would be provided special treatment at the best of the private hospitals and expenses up to Rs 2 lakh would be borne by the government.
To ensure that maximum number of the BPL persons benefited from the camp, he said that special transport arrangement had been made for to and fro journey of those coming for medical check up.
Giving details about "Nutrition Mission" to check the problem of malnutrition in the district, he said a campaign at big scale was launched and a total of 1,44,772 children of 0-6 age group were covered. Out of them, 3,773 children were identified as severely malnourished, 3,157 were found with medical problems and given medical treatment and another 377 children were given secondary care by medical specialists at special camps.
Majority of the severely malnourished children were from Dascroi taluka.
Pani said severely malnourished children were provided "special nutritious diet" (high calories food five times a day for 15 days continuously) at Anganwadi centres. Follow up action was also undertaken for the next 60 days by health workers for nutritional requirements of these children. The project, Pani said, was ultimately a success.
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