High Court directs Social Welfare Department to file response

MALNUTRITION AMONG WOMEN

D A RASHID

Srinagar, Jan 1: The J&K High Court has asked the Social Welfare Department to file response to the affidavit filed by Medical Superintendent of G B Pant hospital here, underlining causes of malnutrition of pregnant women and its remedies.
 Passing directions on the PIL seeking probe into infant deaths at the GB Pant hospital as well as seeking better healthcare there, a division bench of Justices Virender Singh and Muzaffar Hussain Attar directed the Social Welfare Department to file the response within four weeks. 
 The Court stressed on the need for implementation of Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) schemes in J&K in letter and spirit.
 The Medical Superintendent of GB Pant hospital, Dr Muneer Massodi, in the affidavit submitted in court, has listed probable causes and remedies for malnutrition in pregnant women, stressing implementation of ICDS schemes in letter and spirit. “Billions of rupees are spent annually on this programme and as per NFHS-3 (National Family Health Survey Data) final report, 78 percent women, supposed to get benefited by this scheme, do not receive any services,” states the affidavit.
 According to the affidavit, the ICDS scheme is established in all rural, tribal and hilly areas of the state and its implementation at grassroots level and evaluation by an independent organization will make a lot of difference in the qualitative and quantitative services which are to be provided to all the beneficiaries in the state.

Lastupdate on : Tue, 1 Jan 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Tue, 1 Jan 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Wed, 2 Jan 2013 00:00:00 IST




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