Next polls under present govt: Nasim

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DHAKA, Dec 12, 2017 (BSS) – Health and Family Welfare Minister Mohammed Nasim today said the next parliamentary elections would be held under the incumbent government led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to “save the existence of the nation”.

He said this while presiding over a meeting on dissemination of the 2nd National Plan of Action for Nutrition (NPAN2) in BIAM auditorium here.

Agriculture Minister Matia Chowdhury was the chief guest at the event, while State Minister of Health Zahid Maleque, State Minister for Women and Children Affairs Meher Afroz Chumki, Secretary (Health Services Division) Md Serajul Huq Khan, Secretary (health education) Fayez Ahamed and Additional Secretary of the health ministry Roxana Quader also spoke among others.

The speakers said the people of the country would attain healthy and productive lives through gaining the expected nutrition.

They hoped the policy would steer the country towards achieving its goal of providing adequate nutrition for all citizens of the country.

The aim of the National Nutrition Policy (NNP) is to improve the nutritional status of all people, with special attention to the first 1000 days, disadvantaged groups, including mothers, adolescent girls and children to prevent and control malnutrition and to accelerate national development through raising the standard of living.

The NNP would improve the nutritional status of all citizens, including children, adolescent girls, pregnant women and lactating mothers, ensure availability of adequate, diversified and quality safe food and promote healthy feeding practices.

One of the major strategies of the plan is to improve the nutritional status of all citizens throughout the life cycle. To do this, sustainable interventions (both nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive) need to be continued, underlined by supportive platforms and infrastructure.

The policy would also strengthen multi-sectoral programmes and increase coordination among sectors to ensure nutrition.