Balochistan Nutrition programme for Mothers and Children (BNPMC) is utilizing all its available resources to bring a change in the scenario of malnourishment in the restive province and by this positive results are also coming.
By Saeed Yousuf
30. Dec. 2017
Programme Manager Balochistan Nutrition Program Dr. Ali Nasir Bugti said that Balochistan Government under the dynamic visionary leadership of Chief Minister Balochistan Nawab Sana Ullah Khan Zehri, Minister Health Mir Rehmat Saleh Baloch and by the guidelines of Secretary health Balochistan Mr. Javed Anwer Shahwani, team Balochistan Nutrition programme for Mothers and Children (BNPMC) is utilizing all its available resources to bring a change in the scenario of malnourishment in the restive province and by this positive results are also coming. Adding more he said that identically, we are optimistic to achieve the targeted Sustainable Development Goals in order to cure the status of Mothers and Children health in light of malnourishment and associated ill practices. He was expressing these views while addressing to the Community based stakeholders and general public participatory Seminar at District Noshki of ‘Mothers and Child nutrition, basic tools of health safety measures and role of routine immunization importance’.
He said that, spreading the omen effects of malnourishment in the community is the most compelling along with challenging task, because it’s anticipated to change the general public’s usual misconceptions in abstaining to visit the nearest health nutrition centers. He urged that the relevant partners/ stakeholders work more progressively in changing the mindsets of the population. He cautioned that according to the World Health Organization (WHO), malnutrition is the gravest single threat to global public health. Globally, it contributes to 45 percent of deaths of children aged less than 5 years and this ratio is more in Balochistan that to be bringing into minimum, this can be achieved if the Nutrition program operations be extended to all other non-covered Districts at Balochistan.
Deputy District Education Officer Noshki Dr. Abdul Rehmen Sherani, DSM PPHI-B Mr. Sohail Islam Baloch, BCC Expert Ms. Farzana Baloch, DNO Kohlu Mr. Sami Zarkoon, District Coordinator LHW Dr. Tahir Khan, Saira Younis, CEO SCAP Balochistan Hassan Nasarat, Chairman Balochistan Blinds Association Prof. Abdul Qudoos, and a large number/ of community representation was observed along with many mothers and children. Speakers in the seminar emphasized the role of mother in breast feeding and the nutrition components. They appreciated the efforts that are been taken by the Nutrition program in addressing general malnutrition among children, Pregnant and Lactating Women. Also endorsed the role of BMPMC by taking responsive measures in addressing micronutrient malnutrition in the population indiscriminately. Also BNPMC role is prudent in encouraging, the behavior change communication through participation of the relevant stakeholders within the community, also taking pragmatic responsive measures in strengthening institutional arrangement and capacity building.
At seminar the DNO Nushki Mr. Ihtesham Mengal briefed the participants about the overall performance of the BNPMC District Noshki and said that in the district it is working with its implementing partners PPHI-B, LHW-B, SCAP Balochistan. In the district 19432 screenings of children had been done in SAM 1780 cases been perceived, 4229 cases of MAM been disclosed, and PLWs cases 7714 were done. And, 1180 cases that have been cured in the program activities.
In the event stalls of local nutritious food were displayed, people in a large number visited the stalls and appreciated the efforts been taken by the BNPMC team. In the program quiz competition has also been held between the schools students in which nutrition and health based questions were asked. In the event the drama was also presented by the local artistes mainly students. At the end from the team of BNPMC in sense of encouraging the events of the program gifts were distributed amongst the officials, local representatives who worked hard for promoting the nutrition and health massages in the masses.