Peshawar: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Health, Shaukat Ali Yousafzai has said that government is committed to reduce the mortality rate of infant and under-five year’s children in the province. Addressing malnutrition in the province with support of development partners will do this.
He was addressing a seminar regarding nutrition at Peshawar. The Save The Children in collaboration arranged the seminar with development partners for nutrition. Parliamentarians from ruling and opposition parties, development partners for nutrition, members of Child Rights Movement and journalists attended the seminar.
On this occasion, the parliamentarians pledged their support to address the issue of under nutrition in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Director Advocacy Arshad Mehmood, Dr. Pervez Iqbal Paracha and Dr. Qaiser Alam also addressed the seminar and highlighted the different aspects of nutrition programme of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and its importance including role of parliamentarians in improving nutrition situation, challenges of malnutrition, role of civil society and required measures to tackle this issue on priority basis.
Provincial Minister for Health, Shaukat Ali Yousafzai while addressing the seminar admired the role of Save The Children for holding briefing on nutrition and emphasized the holding of follow up meetings. He said government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is in process of preparing integrated
Provincial Nutrition Strategy. The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Protection of Breast-Feeding and Child Nutrition Bill, 2013 is in final stage and shall be presented before Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly in its coming session.
He further stated that Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly was also going to enact the food safety bill in the next session. The Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa was also introducing incentives to motivate people to complete the vaccination of their children and every family that completed the vaccination would be awarded Rs. 1000/-, he concluded.