Vol. 3, Issue 2 (2018)
A study on nutrition and health education programme of ICDS scheme for women in Malwa region of Punjab
Author(s): Dr. Sarbjit Singh Kular
Abstract: Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) has been operating in the parts of Punjab for decades. Present study was conduct to examine the impact of Nutrition and Health Education (NHED) of ICDS on the women in terms of enhancing their knowledge in the critical Health Care areas like, health check-up, immunization, nutrition care of children and women, prevention of nutritional deficiency diseases, etc. and the extent to which the pregnant women put this knowledge into practice. A total of 80 women were in the sample, from 40 villages which were having Anganwadi for at least the last 25 years, as such women are expected to avail the NHED service of ICDS scheme. It was found that very high majority (91.25%) women did not receive any NHED training from AWWs. About 58.75% of the women did not give colostrum to their child which is rich in antibodies. Overall 42.50% of the women did not give breastfeed to their children as per recommended norms. It was very disappointing to note that a high majority (95%) women did not start breastfeed to their new born within first two hours of birth as per norms recommended by the Government of India. A high majority (97.50%) of the women did not have proper knowledge about the six vaccinations to their children and they were not able to tell the name of even one vaccination. A majority of (72.50%) women did not know how to prepare even the simple oral re hydration solution.