Sak­teng foot­baller girls learn health tips from UNICEF

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Drink­ing tea with meals is not good.

This is what came out in the in­ter­ac­tion of UNICEF with Sak­teng girls’ foot­ball team dur­ing their week long pro­gram in Thim­phu.

Dr. Chan­dralal Mon­gar, health and nutri­tion of­fi­cer of UNICEF said that drink­ing tea with meals is not good as tan­nins present in tea hin­der the process of iron ab­sorp­tion in the body. He added that it is rec­om­mended to have tea two hours be­fore meals or two hours af­ter them.

Some stud­ies have shown that phe­no­lic com­pounds present in tea in­ter­fere with the ab­sorp­tion of iron by form­ing iron-com­plex in the in­testi­nal lin­ing of the stom­ach.

Dr. Van­dana Joshi, Chief of Nutri­tion of UNICEF said that an ado­les­cent re­quires ad­di­tional iron and food mainly for their growth and day-to-day work.

Dr. Chan­dralal said that schools are pro­vided iron tablets but only few schools re­ceive them well. He also said that some teach­ers make the stu­dent to take in front of them while some just give it to the stu­dents who throw on their way to home.

He also said that 35 per­cent of ado­les­cent is found with ane­mia.

The last check for ane­mia for boys was in 2003 that showed 27 per­cent of boys with this dis­ease.

In case of ane­mia among the girls, 34 per­cent are not preg­nant girls while 27 per­cent are preg­nant girls and 35 per­cent are ado­les­cents.

The doc­tor said that this was due to the Bhutanese diet that does not con­tain much green veg­eta­bles and fruits. Many Bhutanese lack dif­fer­ent types of vi­ta­mins in their bod­ies, he said.

He also shared with the girls the risk re­lated to teenage preg­nancy.

He said that get­ting preg­nant at an early age is risky for both the mother and the child. Phys­i­cally im­ma­ture moth­ers who are still grow­ing will give birth to im­ma­ture ba­bies, he added.

Im­ma­ture ba­bies are ex­pected to cause var­i­ous com­pli­ca­tions like dif­fi­culty in de­liv­ery for the mother and hav­ing to stay for more du­ra­tion in hos­pi­tal for care and treat­ment.

Sonam Gyelt­shen said that about 100 to 120 school health co­or­di­na­tors are trained every year. There is 60 per­cent cov­er­age by the health co­or­di­na­tors.

Sak­teng girls were briefed by each depart­ment head of UNICEF led by its rep­re­sen­ta­tive Ru­dolf Sch­wenk.

Saketeng girls came for a week long pro­gram in Thim­phu on 12 De­cem­ber and left back to Sak­teng on 19 De­cem­ber.

UNICEF pro­gram in Bhutan started in 1974 with sup­port to the ru­ral wa­ter sup­ply and san­i­ta­tion. Over the years, it has ex­panded its sup­port to the government and other part­ners. It also sup­ports CSOs to im­prove the lives of chil­dren, youth and women in Bhutan.

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