Minister Phungjathang Tonsing launched the Intensified Diarrhea Control
at the Regional Institute of Medical Sciences, Imphal.
The IDCF program in India aims to improve awareness on the use of ORS (oral
rehydration solution) and Zinc in childhood diarrhea and to achieve Zero
childhood diarrhea death.
Every year around 140,000 children at the age of 5 years and below die due to
diarrhea. Though there is no official record in Manipur it is believed that
around 250 children die in Manipur every year due to diarrhea, said the health
He also said that the state government will be distributing ORS and Zinc tablets
through district hospital, CHC, PHC, PHSC and ASHA workers which do not have
Director Health Services Okram Ibomcha said that diarrhea is more prevalent
during monsoon and post monsoon season and safe drinking water, hand washing,
proper sanitation, immunization and breast feeding or taking appropriate
nutrition are some of the ways to prevent diarrhea.
He said that preventing and treating dehydration due to diarrhea by using Oral
Rehydration Solution and administration of Zinc tablets along with adequate
nutrition intake by the child can easily treat the condition without further