Malkangiri: Odisha’s Malkangiri district bagged the SKOCH Award for its achievements in addressing malnutrition and child mortality, thanks to the efforts of the district administration.
While the rate of malnutrition among children was 18.47 %, it has now gone down to 0.99 %. Similarly, the rate of underweight children was 23.86 %, it has now decreased to 15.03 %. Moreover, the child and maternal mortality rates have also gone down in Malkangiri district.
A year-long effort of district administration, led by Collector Manish Agarwal, in implementing exemplary steps to revive the Aganwadis, Malkangiri outclassed 324 districts to bag the prestigious SKOCH Award.
Malkangiri’s Mathili BDO and ICDS Project Officer received the SKOCH Silver Award at a function organised in New Delhi recently.
It may be mentioned here that the Malkangiri District was reeling under malnutrition, child and maternal mortality for long. But the efforts of the district administration, helped the children get quality food and qualitative educations at Aganwadi centres in the last one year.
Most importantly, setting up of Model Aganwadi Centres helped the district administration to achieve the remarkable feat. The children are being imparted education in an environment of playschool and also provided quality cooked food in the model institutions.
The tribals of Malkangiri also very much liked the Adarsh Aganwadis system. The efforts of Malkangiri Collector in reviving the Aganwadis has earned praise from different spheres.