Provincial Technical Committee Meeting of National Nutrition Survey 2018
Provincial Technical Committee Meeting of National Nutrition Survey 2018 for Balochistan has been conducted by the provincial nutrition cell and chaired by Deputy Program Manager Dr. Sabina Baloch where the overall status of ongoing 2018 NNS was discussed in detail. The committee has been briefed that this survey is being in process with Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination in collaboration with the Aga Khan University (AKU) and Unicef.
The committee was briefed by the participants that this is second such survey since the 2011 National Nutrition Survey, which presented a bleak picture of Pakistan’s status on woman and child health and related areas. One of the key survey findings were: 44 per cent of children were found stunted, too short for their age and more than half of all households were found either hungry or faced threat of hunger.
Participants said that Poor nutrition in the crucial early years triggers irreversible mental and physical defects that have a lifelong impact on a child’s productivity and immunity against disease and earning capacity as an adult. One critical issue has been raised that for the first time blood samples are been in collection for finding different nutritional status and other parameters in the life standard, and people are in hesitation for giving blood samples that need to address on priority basis.
They also said that Malnutrition also has a vicious, multi-generational impact since malnourished mothers are more likely to have underweight children.
And this survey will analyses Pakistan’s progress on a variety of fronts that influence nutrition and will enable us to design targeted interventions to boost the health of our young women and children. It will also highlight barriers to adequate food intake and nutrition-related health status..
The survey would be conducted district-wise to have better insight into the health challenge, participants added.