Chandigarh, July 30- Haryana Minister of State for Women & Child Development, Mrs. Kamlesh Dhanda, today directed the officers of the department to work seriously on future strategies for the physical and mental development of women and children.
She was presiding over a meeting with the officers of Women & Child Development Department in Chandigarh today. She discussed various upcoming schemes of the department during the meeting and reviewed the work done by the department during the lockdown.
Keeping in mind COVID-19, the Women & Child Development Department had conducted regular counseling, meditation, yoga workshops for the migrant workers living in shelter homes established in the state by its Anganwadi workers, block-level and district-level officers and employees. Activities were organized to entertain the children. Meals including, ‘panjiri’, milk, fruits, and biscuits, besides face masks, paper napkins, sanitizers, sanitary napkins, diapers and soaps were provided to 7572 migrant workers, 5628 women and their 11184 children.
She said that in the shelter homes 5444 expecting mothers, women and 10308 children were provided with the facility of health tests as per requirement and 8 women and 3 children were given referral facilities. In addition, 234 women and 565 children were vaccinated and 1467 children were given pre-school informal education. Apart from this, 5 children and 31 women were given the facility of one-stop centre and 5460 women were given information related to nutrition and health.
It was informed at the meeting that 9,79,393 masks were prepared and distributed free of cost by Anganwadi workers and helpers and sanitary napkins were provided to 696 women.
In compliance with the orders to maintain social distancing, the Anganwadi workers and helpers of the department went door-to-door and distributed dietary necessities like wheat, rice, gram flour, soya bean, sugar, oil, etc. to the beneficiaries. All the 82 child care institutions in Haryana are being inspected every week and sanitized regularly.
It was informed during the meeting that about 2100 children were counselled. Activities like yoga, awareness about social distancing and hygiene, and distribution of masks, sanitizers, PPE kits, etc. were undertaken.
It was informed during the meeting that from March 24, 2020, to June 8, 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic, supplementary nutrition was provided to 2,80, 770 women and 8, 84,792 children by the Women and Child Development Department.