New Delhi: The government will launch a weekly iron and folic acid supplementation programme for adolescents across the country from July 17, a senior health ministry official announced here Monday.The programme is aimed at addressing the issue of anaemia, one of the most widespread nutritional disorders in the country, Additional Secretary and Mission Director, National Rural Health Mission Anuradha Gupta said at a press conference here.About 56 percent of Indian girls and 30 percent of boys suffer from anaemia, primarily a deficiency of essential micronutrients because of poor nutrition.The programme will cover the adolescent population across the country - both rural and urban - in the age group 10 to 19 years.
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