It is a bitter fact that large number of people are not getting enough food, thus suffering from malnutrition. It is estimated, over 37 million Pakistanis are not getting enough food which is essential for their healthy life. The Department of International Development (DFID) of UK has laudably launched Food Fortification Programme as per its commitment to working with Pakistan to adequately tackle the nutrition emergency in the country.

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According to media reports, DIFD-Pakistan head Joanna Reid was joined at the launching ceremony in Lahore the other day by a delegation of Punjab government, British High Commission and the Food Fortification Programme officials.

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Food Fortification Programme as the very name indicates is aimed at improving nutrition situation; it includes the fortification of wheat flour, edible oil and ghee for provision throughout the country though it has been started from Punjab. The programme intends to improve the production, access and consumption of wheat flour fortified with iron, folic acid, vitamin B12 and zinc, edible oil and ghee also fortified with vitamins A and D.

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Provincial Food Minister Bilal Yasin has quite rightly remarked that the food fortification programme is an excellent initiative for the people of the province, pledged full support of the provincial government and the Punjab Food Authority for its successful implementation adding that the government working on the roadmap to effectively reduce incidence of malnutrition in the country in partnership with DFID.

It is a positive contribution to the UK appreciable aim of improving access and consumption of sufficient, nutritious and safe food particularly for women of childbearing age and children in order to considerably improve nutrition status in the country. The government has already pledged in Vision 2025 to make nutrition a priority and this surely matters a great deal for the health of the nation and for Pakistan’s prosperity.

Source : pakobserver

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