Panaji: March 8, 2020
In combating malnutrition in the Society, State level program “ Poshan Pakhwada “was launched by the Directorate of Women and Child Development (WCD) in association with Collectorate North Goa. Program was launched by the Director, Education Department Smt. Vandana Rao IAS, in the presence of Collector North Shri. Gopal Parsekar, Director, Women & Child Development Smt. Dipali Naik at a function held at Panjim today.
During the function Chief Guest Smt. Vandana Rao spoke on the importance of nutrition for the child and women. She also urged women to give importance towards their own health while looking after the family and ensure their good nutritional status.
Speaking further Smt. Rao stressed upon need to eliminate gender discrimination in the society. She said that, women should not discriminate their child in the family and treat their girl and boy child equally in every aspect of life.
Shri. Gopal Parsekar mentioned about various aspects of public health and sanitation. As Aganwadi workers play significant role in spreading awareness about nutritional importance, it is high time now that they also ensure public hygiene and sanitation among the society on account of spurt of Corona virus, he added.
Smt. Dipali Naik in her welcome remarks elaborated on objectives of Poshan Pakhwada, which is being celebrated nationwide from March 8th to 22, 2020.
It was informed that Poshan Pakhwada will be celebrated in State of Goa till March 20 , 2020 in view of Zilla Panchayat Election.
Poshan Pakhwada aims to bring improvement in the nutrition level of children, pregnant and nursing women and also focus on sensitizing people regarding importance of nutritional food.
Swastha Bharat Prerak Shri. Sachin Sangle presented the scenario of Poshan Abhiyan and Poshan Pakhwada in the country and its achievements so far.
Celebration of International Women’s Day was also held wherein Kumari. Ishita Raikar and Kumari Tanisha Raikar gave stunning dance performance.
Team leader, 181 women helpline Smt. Apoorva informed regarding 181 helpline and its features. Child Development Project Officer, Tiswadi Smt. Chaya Melchior and other Officials were present on the occasion.
District Programme Officer of WCD Smt. Lynette Viegas proposed vote of thanks.