Smart anganwadis to ensure all-round devpt of kids: CM

LUCKNOW: Appreciating the contribution of anganwadi workers, especially during the coronavirus pandemic, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday distributed smartphones among 1.23 lakh workers and said it would help them complete their work quickly and in a transparent manner.
The CM also gave 1.87 lakh newborn growth monitoring devices, or infantometers, to anganwadi centres to measure the level of growth of newborn babies.
An official said the device would help track the growth of children and address the problems of malnutrition or any other medical condition.
Calling ‘Smart Anganwadis’ the foundation of the allround development of children, the CM said the use of technology and smartphones would make work simpler and keep them organised. “Technology will help them in uploading and accessing data in real time and also in effective implementation of schemes related to nutrition and child care,” he said.
“Smartphones will make your work smarter and this smartness should be your identity. Smartphones will provide health-related information of every child, making the daily work easy and transparent,” Yogi said, adding that it was due to the efforts of anganwadi workers that there was a decline of 95% in cases of encephalitis in the state.
“After 1977, encephalitis had spread in parts of the state and hospitals in Gorakhpur and Basti had to provide treatment to as many as four children on a single bed. After we came to power, we worked towards eradication of the disease. Anganwadi workers participated wholeheartedly in Dastak campaign (against encephalitis) and made it successful,” he said.
The CM said before 2017, anganwadi workers were known for staging protests. “This tarnished the image of the government and people even started doubting the anganwadis,” he said.
“Our government worked on the issue and now nutritious food is being prepared in all districts, keeping in mind the nutritional requirements of pregnant or lactating women. Those who were earlier known only for protests are now fully committed towards improving the nutritional levels and development of children,” he said.
Giving them credit for the work done by them during the pandemic, the CM said anganwadi workers played a significant role as part of the surveillance committees formed by the government to check the spread of the disease.
“Workers went door to door to help identify Covid patients, distribute medicines and make people aware about the vaccine,” the CM said.

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