Ensuring nutrition for adolescent girls is crucial for nation building

Wednesday 17 January 2018

“Nutrition is a high priority issue for us and we will do everything within our capacity to ensure nutrition services for adolescent girls. I am very happy to see that our children and girls also understand the importance of nutrition and they are vocal about it” said Mr. Mohammed Nasim, MP , Minister for Ministry of Health and Family Welfare while attending the special session of the Child parliament held today at the Spectra convention Hall in Dhaka.  Focused on  the theme ‘Nutrition for adolescent girls and Accountability of Health and Nutrition services’ the 16th special session was organized by the National Children’s Task Force (NCTF) with support from Suchana: Ending the Cycle of Undernutrition in Bangladesh, a multisectoral nutrition programme funded by the DFID and the EU.

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Highlighting issues closely linked with nutrition such as nutrition services for adolescent girls, availability of essential maternal, newborn and child health( MNCH)services at community clinic, availability of pediatricians at community clinics, nutrition education campaign for adolescents the speakers emphasized on prompt government initiative for improving the situation. Adolescents specially who attended from Sylhet and Moulvibazar districts were demanding special attention and allocation for their respective districts because stunting rate is over 49% in these districts which is much higher than the national average of 36%.