1745 VHND sessions held in Puri to create health awareness among women

Puri: As many as 1745 sessions of Village Health and Nutrition Days (VHNDs) were held at Anganwati centres in Puri district so far in the month of August. The topic for this month is ‘breastfeeding’.
Village Health and Nutrition Days (VHNDs), a major initiative under the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) to improve access to maternal, newborn, child health and nutrition (MNCHN) services at the village level, has been serving needy people in Puri district who are not able afford expensive healthcare services at cities.
The VHND sessions are being held twice in a week – Tuesday and Friday across 11 blocks in Puri district.
As per the data, on last Friday, VHND sessions were held at 227 places and 745 pregnant women, 610 post-natal mothers had attended for health check-ups. Besides, as many as 4,258 children (0-3 years) and 3,397 (3-6 years) also turned up to avail the health services.
After check-ups, 20 numbers of high-risk mothers and 7 high-risk children were referred to Community Health Centers (CHCs) in their respective areas.
Dr Amarendra Nath Mohanty, Chief District Medical Officer (CDMO), Puri said: “We have improved the quality of health services being provided during VHND sessions and also strengthened it to cover maximum number of beneficiaries. The result will be known in the next 3-4 months.”
As many as 7048 Antenatal care (ANC) mothers and 5441 post-natal mothers had attended the programme so far in the month of August.
Similarly, 171 high-risk mothers and 122 high-risk children were so far referred to various CHCs in the district.
As many as 5607 children (0-6 months), 31747 children (6 months to 3 years) and 30744 (3 to 6 years) had attended the VHND sessions so far in this month, informed T Narayan Rao, District Programme Manager, National Health Mission (NHM).
Frontline health workers including anganwadi workers (AWW), ASHAs and ANMs are informing and educating people on issues related to health and nutrition during VHND sessions.

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