Ministry of AYUSH and Central Council of Research in Ayurvedic Sciences (CCRAS), all 25 Clinical Research Institutes of CCRAS are conducting various health care activities during the Rashtriya Poshan Maah being observed in the month of September, 2018. Three institutes of CCRAS namely, Central Ayurveda Research Institute for Cardiovascular Diseases (CARICD), Punjabi Bagh, New Delhi, Regional Ayurveda Research Institute for Nutritional Disorders (RARIND), Mandi (Himachal Pradesh) and Regional Ayurveda Research Institute for Mother and Child Health Care (RARIMCH), Nagpur (Maharashtra) have conducted the Nutrition Awareness Camp for Patients and General Public on 15th September, 2018.
During the camp, some medicinal plants of daily use (home remedies) have been displayed for the knowledge of patients, importance of nutrition from an Ayurvedic perspective was shared with the participants, visitors and patients, the female patients at IPD were counselled accordingly along with other OPD patients. Pregnant and lactating mothers were also sensitized towards the significance of nutrition and the banners, charts and brochures have been prepared, displayed and distributed for creating awareness.
The Ministry of AYUSH, with an objective to improve nutritional outcomes for children, adolescents, pregnant women and lactating mothers by leveraging technology, a targeted approach and convergence, issued directives to its Research Councils and Institutes for conducting activities for the welfare of general public.
The Camp was conceptualized and organized by the institutes, along with doctors of the institute, where they informed the patients about the efforts of the Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India, in executing Poshan Abhiyan Jan Andolan. Further, guidelines related to importance of proper nourishment to the children, supremacy of breast feeding and importance of complementary feeding (annaprashan) were also shared so as to avoid malnourishment among children.