Bhubaneswar, Sept 15 (LocalWire): Former Dean of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Bhubaneswar Vikas Bhatia Tuesday claimed that more than 50 per cent women from Odisha are anemic.
Bhatia said that from his assessment of the women from the state due to his engagement in the Community Medicine department of AIIMS, he assessed the prevalence of anemic upto 50 per cent among the women of Odisha.
Bhatia was speaking in a webinar organized by the AIIMS, Bhubaneswar and UNICEF, Odisha.
He said, “There are more than 50 per cent women of Odisha anemic. It is very rampant. But when it comes to severe anemia it is upto 1 per cent. This shows that with correct intervention this could be easily handled,”
Babita Mahapatra, Additional CEO of Odisha Livelihood Mission said that the government is taking special measures to tackle the issue of nutrition among women especially during the Coronavirus outbreak.
“We roped in women’s collective like Self Help Group (SHG) and their federation was leveraged to pull resources and support, women run enterprises and livelihood activities were promoted and supported,” she said.
She also said that nutrition centric livelihood promotion, strengthening public delivery services like ICDS and MDM, creating employment opportunities under MGNREGS, corporate tie ups and linkages of the products and bank linkages for micro –credit supports were also done to help them in their upliftment.