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
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
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
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
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
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)