Adolescence a key phase in growth, says health ministry consultant

The Goan Network | FEBRUARY 12, 2024, 01:04 AM IST


Minakshi Agarwal, consultant for Adolescent Health and Anaemia, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, New Delhi, has stated that adolescence is an important phase for an individual as maximum growth takes place during this stage.

“If adolescents do not receive proper diet during this crucial period, their development might get hampered. Hence, students must be attentive and careful while choosing their food and maintain cleanliness. The students are the future generation of the country,” said Agarwal.

She was speaking at Porvorim at the programme organised by Directorate of Health Services –State Family Welfare Board in association with the Porvorim Primary Health Centre on the state launch of National Deworming Day in the Holy Family School.

Those present on this occasion included Director of Directorate of Health Services Dr Geeta Kakodkar, Chief Medical Officer of Directorate of Health Services Dr Uttam Desai, Health Officer of Porvorim Primary Health Centre Dr Sikandar Talwar, Dr Shushanta Pradhan, Headmistress of Holy Family High School Nalini Xavier and others.

Porvorim Primary Health Centre Health officer Dr Sikandar Talwar stated that good health is not the absence of disease but the state of good physical, mental, social and spiritual and economic well being of the persons.

“To maintain good health, students should eat healthy food and maintain cleanliness. The worms enter the body of an individual and reduce Hemoglobin contents in the blood due to which children and adolescence become anaemic. Around 53% of the children and 25% of adolescent in the country are anaemic. To create awareness about good health, this National Deworming programme was launched in 2015,” said Dr Talwar.

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