In a bid to control malnutrition in India, Ayurveda and yoga will be introduced at all Anganwadis across the country.
The Ministry of AYUSH and Ministry of Women and Child Development signed a MoU as a part of POSHAN Abhiyaan. As part of the MoU, scientifically proven Ayush based solutions will be adopted for controlling malnutrition in the country.
Ministry of Women and Child Development Smriti Irani said that the collaboration of efforts of both the ministries will go a long way in tackling the problem of malnutrition in mothers and children in the country. She said that Nutri-gardens and medicinal gardens will be established in every Anganwadi in near future.
Minister of AYUSH Shripad Yesso Naik said that Ayurveda and other AYUSH systems have much to contribute in dealing with mild and moderate mal-nutrition by way of many specific measures such as right intake of diet by the pregnant women, feeding practices by lactating mothers, use of traditional products augmenting milk secretion, nutritional food for children etc. He further said that India enjoys the distinction of having the largest network of traditional health care systems which are widely accepted owing to its wide accessibility, affordability, safety and trust of people. This has given the ministry leverage to integrate relevant system of medicine where it has wider acceptance.
POSHAN Abhiyaan or National Nutrition Mission is India’s flagship programme under Ministry of Women and Child Development to improve nutritional outcomes for children, pregnant women and lactating mothers.