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Consider the following statements in the context of interventions being undertaken under Anaemia Mukt Bharat Strategy:

1. It provides prophylactic calcium supplementation for pre-school children, adolescents and pregnant Women.

2. It runs a campaign for delayed Cord clamping at the time of child birth.

3. It provides for periodic deworming to children and adolescents

4. It addresses non-nutritional causes of anaemia in endemic pockets with special focus on malaria, hemoglobinopathies and fluorosis.

How many of the statements given above are correct?

(a) Only one

(b) Only two

(c) Only three

(d) All four

The correct answer is (c).

Explanation:

Statement 1 is incorrect: Providing prophylactic iron folic acid supplementation to all beneficiaries across different age groups, including pre-school children, adolescents, and pregnant women.

Statement 2 is correct: A campaign is being conducted to promote and monitor the practice of delayed clamping of the umbilical cord for at least 3 minutes (or until cord pulsations cease) in newborns at all healthcare facilities. This initiative aims to enhance the infant’s iron reserves for up to 6 months after birth. Additionally, birth attendants are encouraged to ensure early initiation of breastfeeding within 1 hour of delivery.

Statement 3 is correct: The National Deworming Day (NDD) program carries out bi-annual mass deworming for children between the ages of 1 and 19 on designated dates, specifically on February 10th and August 10th each year.

Statement 4 is correct: Efforts are being made to address non-nutritional causes of anemia in areas with high prevalence, focusing on malaria, haemoglobinopathies, and fluorosis.

Inputs from Current Affairs Notes

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