Sakteng footballer girls learn health tips from UNICEF
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.