Close to two lakh children have been affected by diarrhea every year in the state of Odisha due to the consumption of contaminated water and food, lack of cleanliness and sanitation, etc as reported by the Minister for Health and Family Welfare U.T. Khader.
A campaign named the Intensified Diarrhoea Control Fortnight at a community health centre at Kadugondanalli on Wednesday. One of the main goals for conducting and launching it was to reduce child mortality rates. Childhood diarrhea diseases continue to be major reasons why children under the age of five die.
Khader distrivuted the ORS packets to all the children under the age of five years and stressed on the need for spreading awareness on preventive measures among the parents as well as health workers. 40.35 lakh ORS packets along with zinc sulfate syrups were sent to primary health centres, which will be later distributed to children by ASHA workers.
Most cases of darhoea in children can be prevented by consuming safe drinking water, washing hands properly, improving sanitation and maintaining cleanliness.
Article source: The Hindu
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