UPSC General Studies Sample Paper General Studies Sample Paper-3

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    Consider the following statements on Weekly Iron Folic acid Supplementation (WIFS) programme.
    1. Iron folic acid tablet can be taken during illness and even during menstruation.
    2. The Weekly Iron Folic Acid Supplementation (WIFS) is an evidence based programme for addressing Iron Deficiency Anaemia.
    3. If taken on empty stomach, these tablets can even cause death in many cases of children.
    4. This programme is restricted to the children between class 4th to class 12th as children below 4th standard are vulnerable to side effects.
    Which of the statements given above are correct?

    A)  1 and 2

    B)  1 and 3

    C)  1, 2 and 3        

    D)  All of these

    Correct Answer: A

    Solution :

    [a] When iron tablet is taken for the first time, the body may find it little difficult to digest and symptoms such as stomach ache and nausea may occur. However, if taken after food, the absorption will be little low but stomach ache and nausea will not occur, These side effects will eventually disappear once the tablet is regularly taken for a few weeks as the body adjusts to the iron tablets. The Weekly Iron and Folic Acid Supplementation (WIFS) programme is currently reaching out to 13 crore school going girls and boys (Class VI - XII) and out-of-school adolescent girls in government/ aided and municipal schools and Anganwadi Centres across all states in India.

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