The prestigious KCR Nutrition Kit, aimed at improving the nutritional status of pregnant women, will be expanded and launched across Telangana during the State Formation Day celebrations, which begins on June 2.
The special nutritional kit, which contains supplements such as proteins, minerals, vitamins, carbohydrates, and other micronutrients, will benefit approximately 6.8 lakh pregnant women in Telangana.
Health Minister T Harish Rao said on Tuesday that the decision to roll out the KCR Nutrition Kits across all districts was based on instructions from Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao. “Out of the 21-day decennial celebrations, one day will be dedicated specifically for Health, Medical and Family Welfare.
Following instructions from the Chief Minister, we will launch the initiative on that specific day,” he said. The government healthcare machinery has been instructed to work overnight in the coming weeks to ensure the smooth implementation of the flagship scheme, which aims to improve the anaemic status of pregnant women.
It will be provided to all pregnant women in government hospitals during their second and third ANC check-ups, which are scheduled between 14 and 26 weeks and 27 and 34 weeks, respectively, at a cost of Rs. 277 crore per year.
With the expansion of the scheme, the health department will distribute a total of 13.08 lakh kits to 6.84 lakh pregnant women in 33 districts across the state via 1,046 centers. Each kit is worth Rs 2,000.
The Minister said the massive success received by KCR Nutritional Kits, when it was first launched on December 21, 2022 in the nine districts – Adilabad, Kumarambheem Asifabad, Bhadradri Kothagudem, Mulugu, Jayashankar Bhupalpally, Vikarabad, Nagarkurnool, Kamareddy and Gadwal – prompted the State government to expand the initiative to all parts of the Telangana.
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