New Delhi, January 26: In a bid to make Gujarat one of a leader state in human development index and ensure and maintain nutrition levels of children, teenage girls, pregnant and lactating women in the state, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani has launched ‘Gujarat Poshan Abhiyan 2020-22’ at Dahod district.
Chief Minister Vijay Rupani expressed his resolve to make Gujarat a malnutrition free state with this two-year nutrition campaign that will cover all the cities, towns and villages of the state.
The official statement from the Chief Minister’s office said, “Gujarat will do its best to realise Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s nutrition campaign, which carries the slogan ‘Sahi Poshan-Desh Roshan’.
The state is a home to more than 60 million people (5 percent of the population of India as per the population census of India 2011), Gujarat is one of India’s most urbanised states, with 43 percent of the population living in urban areas according to the state government.
Yet, according to the report India: Health of the Nation’s States prepared by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), Public Health Foundation of India and Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, in 2016, child and maternal malnutrition accounted for most death and disability in Gujarat.
As per the Lancet Global Health report, Gujarat was the eighth-worst performing state of India in terms of the burden of diseases pertaining to maternal and child undernutrition.