Kishori Express tests haemoglobin of 6,000 Girls

Bhubaneswar: Over 6,000 girls of 121 villages in Angul district have undergone haemoglobin test in 10 months due to the availability of `Kishori Express` – a mobile health care van dedicated by Jindal Steel and Power Ltd (JSPL).

In the first phase between April and September, 2011, a total of 2,375 girls underwent haemoglobin test in these villages under Chhendipada block.

While 77 girls were detected with severe anaemia and deficiency with less than 7.8 per cent, 978 were found with moderate haemoglobin level with 10.8-7.9 per cent.

They were given Iron folic Acid (IFA), Seed Kit, natural food orientation and lifestyle orientation through Kishori Pratibha Quiz, a senior JSPL official said.

As a result, in the second phase from October 2011 to February, 2012, the number of severe anaemic cases was reduced from 77 to 17 showing an improvement of 78 per cent, and the number of moderate cases was reduced from 978 to 369 showing an improvement of 62 per cent, he said.

Anaemia free block by 2014, JSPL in collaboration with the district administration, National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) and Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) rolled out the mobile health unit – Kishori Express in April, 2011.

Programmes focused on reducing the MMR and IMR in line with the MDG goal like registration and tracking of pregnant women and driving them for institutional delivery, care for new born through Mother and Child Care (MCC) software, to provide healthcare to adolescent girls and mobilising & empowering Kishori Mandals are encompassed in the programme.

Incidentally, during recent agitation at the plant, applications were received from Mahila Samitis, Kishori Mandals, gram panchayat officers, schools and colleges to continue to run the Kishori Express, which has brought remarkable impact on the adolescent girls health in remote pockets of Chhendipada, the official said.

Providing quality healthcare to mother and child is one of our corporate social missions which is implemented through PPP mode. We are happy that we are succeeding in this mission with the support of the district administration, said JSPL`s Executive Director Rajesh Jha.