Intensified Diarrhoea Control Fortnight celebration:-

Intensified Diarrhoea control Fortnight (IDCF) is a set of activities to be implemented in and intensified manner from 28th May to 9th June 2018 for control of deaths due to Diarrhea.

Goal of IDCF: Improving awareness generation for use of ORS and zinc in childhood diarrhoea, towards achieving ultimate goal of zero childhood diarrhoea deaths.


i. Give ORS and extra fluids to child immediately at the onset of diarrhoea (3 or more loose stools in one day) and continue till diarrhoea stops.

ii. Giving Zinc for 14 days, even if diarrhoea stops.

iii. Continue feeding, including breastfeeding in those children who are being breastfed & give extra feeds during and after illness.

iv. Use clean drinking water after safe handling.

v. Mother should wash with soap before preparation of food, before feeding the child and after cleaning stool of child.

vi. Use of ORS and Zinc during diarrhoeal episodes among children is a safe treatment which makes the child recover from diarrhoea faster.

vii. Safe and quick disposal of child’s faeces.

viii. Return to the health centre if the child is not responding with Zinc and ORS at home.

ix. Your child requires immediate attention at medical facility if following symptoms prevail:

  • Many watery stools
  •  Repeated vomiting
  •  Marked thirst
  •  Eating or drinking poorly
  •  Fever
  •  Blood in stool

x. Contact your ASHA or ANM on any advice on diarrhoea.


KEY Messages for Optimal feeding  practices to be used during IDCF:

a. Early initiation of breastfeeding; immediately after birth, preferably within one hour.

b. Breast-milk alone is the best food and drink for an infant for the first six months of life. No other food or drink, not even water, is usually needed during this period. But allow infant to receive ORS, drops, syrups of vitamins, minerals and medicines when required

c. After 6 months of age, when babies should be introduced to semi-solid, soft food (complementary feeding) but breastfeeding should continue for up to two years and beyond because it is an important source of nutrition, energy and protection from illness.

d. From the age of 6–8 months a child needs to eat two to three times per day and three to four times per day starting at 9 months – in addition to breastfeeding. Depending on the child’s appetite, one or two nutritious snacks, such as fruit or bread with home-made energy dense food, may be needed between meals. The baby should be fed small amounts of food that steadily increase in variety and quantity as he or she grows.

e. During an illness, children need additional fluids and encouragement to eat regular meals, and breastfeeding infants need to breastfeed more often. After an illness, children need to be offered more food than usual to replenish the energy and nourishment lost due to the illness.

 Note: - ORS and Zinc is available at all health facilities of U.T. Chandigarh.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Updated On: 05/30/2018 - 17:34
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