Health and Family Welfare Minister Shri Kaul Singh Thakur will launch
Intensified Diarrhea Control Fortnight (IDCF) from Indira Gandhi Medical
College, Shimla on 28 July, 2014.
A spokesperson of the Health department said here today that IDCF was being
implemented in an intensified manner to prevent death due to childhood
diarrhea across the State. It includes intensification of advocacy
activities upto village level, awareness generation activities, diarrhea
management service provision, establishing ORS-Zinc Corners, proper way of
hand washing before Mid-Day Meal to be taught by the Medical Officers,
promotion of Water Sanitation and Hygiene Activities (WASH Activities) in
schools through different competitions for children, ORS distribution,
detection of undernourished children and their treatment, and promotion of
Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) practices.
He said that the core IDCF was divided over two weeks and the focus would
be on dedicated thematic areas that affect diarrhoeal mortality. In first
week focus would be on diarrhea control related activities and during
second week concentration would be on Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF)
He said that for sensitization of target audience, teachers, school
children, Panchayati Raj Institution members, Health and ICDS functionaries
etc. would be involved in such activities.