In a remarkable tribute to Telangana’s 10th anniversary formation day, the Health Department is set to launch the state-wide distribution of the KCR Nutrition Kits scheme. Under the visionary leadership of Chief Minister KCR, the distribution of these kits will begin as part of the grand anniversary celebrations. The Finance and Health Minister, Harish Rao, conducted a video conference with District Collectors and District Medical Officers, ensuring meticulous arrangements for the immediate commencement of the distribution.
The KCR Nutrition Kits program aims to benefit 6.84 lakh women across the state during the 2023-24 period, representing a monumental stride towards enhancing maternal and child care. Designed in conjunction with initiatives such as four ANC checkups, Amma Odi vehicles, and Mata Shishu Care Centers (MCH), this visionary scheme reflects Chief Minister KCR’s unwavering commitment to the well-being of the pregnant women. Minister Harish Rao commended the success of the existing KCR kits scheme, which has already contributed to a significant reduction in the maternal mortality rate, positioning Telangana at the forefront of national progress in this critical area.
Building upon the achievements in nine districts where anemia rates are high, the government’s endeavor now extends to the remaining 24 districts of Telangana. As per Chief Minister KCR’s directives, the program aims to distribute two and a half lakh kits to a total of 1.25 lakh women during two ANC checkups. Adilabad, Bhadradri Kothagudem, Jayashankar Bhupalappalli, Jogulamba Gadwal, Kamareddy, Komarambheem Asifabad, Mulugu, Nagar Kurnool, and Vikarabad are among the districts where this noble initiative will take root.
Each KCR Nutrition Kit, valued at two thousand rupees, symbolizes the government’s commitment to comprehensive care. With an estimated total expenditure of Rs. 277 crores, the kits include essential components such as 1 kg of Nutrition mix powder, 2 kg of dates, 3 bottles of Iron syrup, 500 grams of ghee, a cup, 200 grams of Palli patti, and a plastic basket. This comprehensive provision signifies the government’s determination to ensure the well-being of expectant mothers and their unborn children.
Minister Harish Rao expressed profound delight at the achievement of conducting eye screening for 1.5 crore people within 80 working days. This momentous milestone epitomizes the Telangana government’s unwavering commitment to public health. Through the Kanti Velugu program, 21.46 lakh people have received reading glasses, and 13 lakh people have been provided with prescription glasses. Minister Harish Rao wholeheartedly expressed his gratitude to District Collectors, officials, medical officers, and public representatives for their dedicated efforts, underscoring the resounding success of the program. As the government continues its tireless pursuit of eliminating eye problems, Minister Harish Rao extended congratulations on this remarkable milestone and emphasized the unwavering determination to create a vision-friendly society for all.
Moreover, in an effort to fortify primary care, Minister Harish Rao instructed the District Collectors to coordinate with public representatives and expedite the opening of palle and basti dawakhanas sanctioned by the government. Construction and repair works of sub-centres that have already been approved should also be accelerated to ensure enhanced accessibility and quality healthcare for all.
During the video conference, Health Secretary Rizvi, Commissioner of Health and Family Welfare Shweta Mahanty, heads of departments, District Collectors, and Medical Officers from all districts participated.