Anganwadi centres across Odisha reopen today after a year
Bhubaneswar: With decline of daily COVID-19 cases across Odisha, all Anganwadi centres reopened from today after a gap of around one year.
As per the guidelines, the Anganwadi centres reopened from 7.30 am to 9.30 am. The local administration will decide if there is a problem in reopening any Anganwadi centre or if there is a COVID case.
Recently, the State Women and Child Development Department had written to all Collectors ahead of reopening of Anganwadi centres suggesting a set of guideline.
The Anganwadi centres across the State were closed since April 19, 2021 due to the pandemic.
As per the guidelines, the Anganwadi centres will be kept open from 7.30 am to 9.30 am 25 days a month. Sitting arrangement for serving of morning snacks and hot cook meals (HCMs) to preschoolers (3-6 year age group) should be made in such a way that will ensure social distancing among children.
Rations, in lieu of HCMs and eggs will be given to the Anganwadi children at their doorsteps, in case of children who are not able to come to the centres due to COVID or some other problem or on closure of Anganwadi centre.
The preschool education will resume as per Nua Arunima curriculum at AWCs and outdoor activities will be promoted.
All other Integrated Child Development Services(ICDS) such as immunization, health checkups, referrals and Nutrition and Health Education (NHEd) are to continue, the guidelines say.