Steps be­ing taken to pro­vide qual­ity health fa­cil­i­ties: Saira Afzal

Pakistan Observer - - TWIN CITIES - 04:45 01:30 05:30 08:30 Book fair Fig­u­ra­tive draw­ing STAFF RE­PORTER

A two-day weekly book fair would be started at premises of Pak­istan Academy of Letters (PAL) on Fri­day. The fair will be opened at 9.00 am and con­clude on 7.00 pm in evening for two-days. The Academy in­vited stu­dents and gen­eral pub­lic to get books on dis­counted rates from the bazaar. May 16 The Na­tional Art Gallery (NAG) will or­ga­nize a work­shop on Fig­u­ra­tive and Con­cep­tual Draw­ing on May 16. An em­i­nent vis­ual artist Aleem Dad Khan will con­duct the three-day work­shop. Cer­tifi­cates would also be awarded to the par­tic­i­pants show­ing 90 per cent at­ten­dance, he added. ISLAMABAD—Min­is­ter of State Na­tional Health Ser­vices and Reg­u­la­tions and Co­or­di­na­tion (MNHSRC) Saira Afzal Tarar here on Thurs­day said that Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment was tak­ing steps to pro­vide qual­ity health fa­cil­i­ties to cit­i­zens of the coun­try. Ad­dress­ing at the launch­ing cer­e­mony of “Pro­vin­cial For­ti­fi­ca­tion Al­liances in Pak­istan”, she said that sev­eral hos­pi­tals had been up­graded in Fed­eral Cap­i­tal for the bet­ter health treat­ment of the cit­i­zens.

Saira Afzal said that Na­tional For­ti­fi­ca­tion Al­liance (NFA) con­sti­tuted un­der the min­istry which was play­ing a key role in pol­icy mak­ing co­or­di­na­tion, over­sight and mon­i­tor­ing of food for­ti­fi­ca­tion pro­grams in the coun­try.

It is an im­por­tant body to ad­dress the is­sue of har­mo­niza­tion and col­lab­o­ra­tion and ser­vices as a plat­form to bring all pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ments, UN agen­cies, nu­tri­tion part­ners and stake­hold­ers to­gether. Sup­port of World Food Pro­gramme (WFP) and the Aus­tralian gov­ern­ment in strength­en­ing the NFA Sec­re­tariat in the Nu­tri­tion wing and its pro­vin­cial chap­ters through the pro­vin­cial Al­liances was re­ally com­mend­able, she added.

The WFP, the Aus­tralian High Com­mis­sion and Min­istry of Na­tional Health Ser­vices and Reg­u­la­tions and Co­or­di­na­tion have of­fi­cially launched the Pro­vin­cial For­ti­fi­ca­tion Al­liances of Sindh, Pun­jab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochis­tan. The event was at­tended by a large num­ber of par­tic­i­pants in­clud­ing the High Com- mis­sioner of Aus­tralia, Mar­garet Adam­son, WFP Pak­istan Rep­re­sen­ta­tive, Lola Cas­tro, Fed­eral Sec­re­tary, Min­istry of Na­tional Health Ser­vices, Reg­u­la­tions and Co­or­di­na­tion, Ay­oub Sheikh, pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment rep­re­sen­ta­tives, of­fi­cials of pro­vin­cial and fed­eral Health and Nu­tri­tion De­part­ments, mem­bers of the civil so­ci­ety and part­ner or­ga­ni­za­tions.

The For­ti­fi­ca­tion Al­liances form a plat­form for multi-stake­holder for­ti­fi­ca­tion co­or­di­na­tion, at the fed­eral and pro­vin­cial level. The fo­rum in­clud­ing the Na­tional For­ti­fi­ca­tion Al­liance, con­sists of rel­e­vant fed­eral and pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment min­istries and de­part­ments, UN agen­cies, CSOs, the pri­vate sec­tor and other na­tional and in­ter­na­tional agen­cies in charge of plan­ning, mon­i­tor­ing, ad­vis­ing and sup­port­ing sus­tain­able for­ti­fi­ca­tion ef­forts in Pak­istan. Speak­ing at the event, the High Com­mis­sioner said “The project gen­er­ously sup­ported by the Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ment aims to strengthen pol­icy, ad­vo­cacy for leg­is­la­tion and the co­or­di­na­tion ca­pac­ity of the al­liances to scale up for­ti­fi­ca­tion ini­tia­tives in Pak­istan.”

“Aus­tralia is com­mit­ted to sup­port the Gov­ern­ment of Pak­istan in its ef­forts to bat­tle the cri­sis of mal­nu­tri­tion” she added. She was of the view that Food For­ti­fi­ca­tion was glob­ally rec­og­nized as one of the most cost-ef­fec­tive in­ter­ven­tions for im­prov­ing the nu­tri­tional sta­tus of the pop­u­la­tion at a large scale. For­ti­fi­ca­tion of rou­tinely con­sumed foods, like wheat and ed­i­ble oil with mi­cronu­tri­ent and vi­ta­mins is par­tic­u­larly ef­fec­tive as th­ese are used in ev­ery­day meals through­out the coun­try.

May 13

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