Nutrition Week Observed in a Tribal Village of Odisha

National Nutrition Week is celebrated every year from 1st to 7th September to create awareness among the people about their health and well-being. As part of this, and the implementation of contingency plan in view of the prevailing aberrant weather conditions in Odisha, the ICAR-Directorate of Research on Women in Agriculture (ICAR-DRWA), Bhubaneswar organized a 'Free Medical Camp' at Village Tarajodi in Shamakhunta block of Mayurbhanj district on 5th September 2014.

The camp was organized for the benefit of tribal families dwelling in this remote tribal village, who were deprived of the medical facilities. About 230 beneficiaries consisting of children, women and men from tribal farm families took part in the programme, and received medical assistance. They were treated for diseases like, viral fever, bacillary diarrhoea, low back pain, hypertension, acute respiratory tract infection of children, scabies, tinea infection, boil and foot ulcer, gingivitis, and other minor ailments. They were also tested for malaria, and the ante natal check-ups (ANC) were done for pregnant women. Important tips on nutrition, health and well-being were also offered on the occasion.