Panaji: From March 1, pre-primary and primary school students, up to the age of 9, will be provided iron and folic acid supplements. The campaign, part of the national iron plus initiative, aims to help prevent anaemia in children.
In the first phase, the programme will be conducted in Mapusa, Aldona, Porvorim, Chimbel, Panaji, Betki, Corlim and Cortalim.
The scheme has been launched by the Union ministry of health and family welfare in a bid to combat anaemia at different life stages by administering supplement of iron, folic acid and albendazole.
“From March 1 onwards, 1ml Syp iron and folic acid will be administered bi-weekly to those between 6 to 59 months and one pink junior iron and folic acid tablet will be administered once a week to those is the age group of 5 to 9 years,” schools in the state have been instructed.
During the 2018-19 academic year, 2.7 lakh students were provided iron and folic acid supplements.
As per the ministry, the School Health Programme has been introduced to monitor health of school children and provide them with essential nutrients to increase the efficacy of other investments in child development.

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