Provincial Fortification Alliance-Balochistan
Balochistan Health Minister Mir Rehmat Saleh Baloch has announced moving a resolution in the next session of the provincial assembly for imposing a nutrition emergency in the province as nutrition situation of mother and child is very serious in the province.
Speaking at a meeting of the Provincial Fortification Alliance here on Sunday, he said in view of the alarming malnutrition situation of mother and child, a special briefing would be arranged for members of the Balochistan Assembly.
Director General Health Masood Ahmed Nosherwani, Director of the Provincial Mother and Child Nutrition Program Dr. Nasir Bugti and Dr. Khawaja Masood also shared their views.
MPAs Dr Shama Ishaq, Yasmeen Lehri, Arifa Siddiq, Masooma Hayat, Samina Shakeel, William Barkat, Shazia Ahmed Langove, Farzana Raisani and Sabara Aslam participated in the meeting.
Rehmat Saleh Baloch said that according to a survey, 16.2 per cent of children were victim of malnutrition, 52pc suffering from stunting and 40pc were under weight.
“There is no remedy for stunting,” he said, adding that the nutrition programme was badly affected in the province due to negligence and ignorance of previous governments.
He said that the present government is working on the programme with complete political commitment and determination. He assured the members that the provincial health department would extend all help and cooperation for the success of the programme.
Director General Health Masood Nosherwani said no programme could succeed without political will and urged the policy makers to extend all help and cooperation for the success of the nutrition programme.