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Campaign to combat anaemia among teenagers launched

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New Delhi: Health Minister JP Nadda, along with Bollywood actress and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Priyanka Chopra, launched the nationwide Weekly Iron and Folic Acid Supplement (WISF) awareness campaign here.

Through this initiative, launched on Wednesday, atleast 11.2 crore adolescents across the country would be given iron and folic acid supplements to reduce nutritional anaemia.

Nadda said that a nationwide campaign is the need of the hour as “accessibility is not the problem, awareness is”.

“We have to make India aware about the issue, resources are not a problem. It is a step to make young India healthy India,” he said.

The minister also said: “People start comparing countries and say that India is not up to the mark but that is wrong. We should compare India to equivalent countries. India is a country that cannot be compared as it has its own strengths and weaknesses.”

Priyanka Chopra also lent her voice to a video clip made for taking the message about the benefits of the tablet forward. The actress said that she feels fortunate to be a part of a campaign for the next generation.

The programme will reach adolescents through schools and anganwadi centres on a fixed day of the week. Biannual de-worming for control of worm infestation, information and counselling to improve their dietary intake and screening for moderate and severe anaemia will also be undertaken in the programme.

Realising that pills tend to repel children, the health ministry is also mulling various options of providing food supplements in place of tablets.

As the campaign focusses on young India, the event saw a teenager Kajal, who is associated with an NGO working towards the same goal, list out her favourite dishes and she also narrated how she lost her younger sister due to the lack of care at the right time.

Talking about future plans, Nadda said: “We are taking help of digital India as well. Soon, messages in regional languages will come on mobile phones asking about the medicines.”

UNICEF representative to India Louis-Georges Arsenault also attended the programme. (IANS), (image courtesy: orientpublication.files.wordpress.com)

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Here’s Everything You Need to Know About Anaemia

The road to recovery for anemia in Ayurveda

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Anaemia
The most common ailment among Indian women is anemia. It means absence of blood and refers to reduction of hemoglobin level in body. Pixabay

BY PUJA GUPTA

The most common health ailment among Indian women is anaemia. It means absence of blood and refers to reduction of hemoglobin level in body. Normal level of hemoglobin in adult females is between 12 to 16 g/dl, while in adult males it is between 14 to 18 g/dl.

In Sanskrit ‘Pandutya’ means whitish colouration. Since anemia is characterized by a whitish tint on skin, eyes and nails, it is called Pandurog in Ayurveda. It can be caused by non-nutritious diet, weak digestive fire, malnutrition or loss of blood, says Dr Partap Chauhan, author, public speaker, TV personality and Director of Jiva Ayurveda.

Chauhan underlines the common causes of this health ailment called anaemia, home remedies and some lifestyle changes to cure the disease.

Anaemia
Anaemia can be caused by non-nutritious diet, weak digestive fire, malnutrition or loss of blood. Pixabay

Common causes: Diminished production, increased destruction or severe loss of red blood cells leads to anaemia. Deficiency of iron, thyroxine, vitamins B12, C & folate results in diminution of RBC production while various infections, toxins, antibodies and congenital structural abnormalities lead to their increased destruction. Other than this, anemia can also be the cause of other serious diseases.

Symptoms of anaemia: Headache, loss of appetite, fatigue, weakness, breathlessness, giddiness, swelling around eyes, whitish tint on skin, nails and eyes, palpitations and sleeplessness

Home remedies: Besides the prescribed medicines, you can follow the below mentioned home remedies.

Anaemia
Headache, loss of appetite, fatigue, weakness, breathlessness, giddiness, swelling around eyes, whitish tint on skin, nails and eyes, palpitations and sleeplessness are symptoms of anaemia. Pixabay

Half a cup of apple juice should be mixed with half a cup of beetroot juice. Put honey into this mixture and stir it well. If the juice can be consumed twice a day, it would take up the hemoglobin level.
The second option is to take the juice of turmeric with daily.
Soak one teaspoon of black sesame seeds in water for two hours. Take the soaked sesame seeds and grind it into a paste. Mix one teaspoon of paste of sesame seeds and honey to a glass of milk. Drink this milk daily to improve the hemoglobin level.

Lifestyle changes: Anemia patients should keep in mind the following points in their daily lives:

Avoid indigestion in your daily lives. Do not take spicy food. Further to this, avoid having non-vegetarian food.

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Have light meals including lentil soups, vegetable soups. Pomegranate and melons should be included in your diet.
Cook the anemia patient’s food in iron pots. This helps to retain the hemoglobin level in the body.
If you have problems like piles or menstrual problems, take immediate doctor’s advice. (IANS)