Coordination meeting on IDCF held

NAMSAI, May 15: A district level coordination meeting on the Intensified Diarrhoea Control Fortnight (IDCF) was held here on Tuesday with all stakeholders to create mass awareness about effective and low-cost diarrhoea treatment.
DMO Dr Nani Rika explained that during the fortnight (28 May to 9 June), intensified community awareness campaigns on hygiene and promotion of oral rehydration salt (ORS) and zinc therapy will be conducted at state, district and village levels.
It will also include creating awareness on the treatment in which a combination of ORS solution and zinc tablets will be provided through ORZ-Zinc corners set up at health care facilities and non-health facilities such as schools and anganwadi workers.
ASHAs will also undertake the task of distributing ORS packets to households with children under five years of age in their respective villages.
Frontline workers will present demonstrations on ORS preparation, and provide counselling on hygiene, sanitation, and feeding during diarrhoea.
DRCHO Dr Pill Dipen presented the update on the preparedness of the IDCF at all the block facilities, and explained that diarrhoea can be prevented by using safe drinking water, ensuring sanitation, breastfeeding, appropriate nutrition, and hand washing.