Thrust on ensuring nutrition for healthy nation stressed

GAIBANDHA Speakers at a discussion here today

underscored the need for ensuring nutrition for all particularly mothers,

adolescents and children to promote their health conditions for building

healthy nation.

As the nutrition is the cornerstone of good health and optimal energy at

every stage of human life, it is very essential to eat nutritious food for

all to maintain human body in a sound state, they said.

They came up with the observation while addressing a meeting of the

District Nutrition Coordination Committee (DNCC) at the conference room of

Deputy Commissioner (DC) office.

DNCC arranged the meeting with the financial support of Sustained

Opportunities for Nutrition Governance (SONGO) project funded by the European

Union .

Presided over by DC Abdul Matin the meeting was addressed among others by

Deputy Director of local government section of DC office Rokhsana Begum and

Mayor of Gaibandha Municipality Advocate Shah Masud Zahangir Kabir Milon .

Civil Surgeon Dr. ABM Abu Hanif, Member Secretary of the committee, made

a power point presentation on nutrition affairs.

CS Dr Hanif said the government had adopted nutrition policy and

initiatives to provide quality and safe food for all section of people of the

country to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 declared by

UNDP.

Mostafa Nurul Islam Reza, operation lead, SONGO project, ICCO Cooperation,

also made a presentation on Nutrition Status of Gaibandha district and

overview of SONGO project through multimedia projector.

The percentage of stunning children in the district is 54 while its

percentage at national level is 36; Reza said adding that the percentage of

underweight children in the district is 37 while its percentage at national

level is 33. The presentation said

The five year project is being implemented by RDRS Bangladesh and ICCO

Cooperation in Sadar, Sundarganj, and Fulchhari upazilas of Gaibandha

district and Chilmari, Roumari, and Rajibpur upazilas under Kurigram

districts from September 2018 for improving maternal and child nutrition, he

mentioned.

A set of recommendations as well as various action plans were also adopted

in the meeting while Taufiqul Islam, Nutrition Governance Adviser of SONGO

project moderated the meeting.

DC Abdul Matin in his concluding speeche said nutrition for all had been

mentioned in the SDGs, so there is no alternative to ensuring nutrition for

all within the specific time.

The DC also urged all the members of the committee to work sincerely for

making the objectives and the goals of the committee more effective and

successful in the district so that the committee might be a model one in the

country.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)