Malnutrition is galore causing public health panic in Bangladesh. Malnutrition in children, adolescents and women is the alarming problem in the country. Despite progress, level of malnutrition in Bangladesh is amongst the highest in the world, and this is the prime cause of death and diseases in children and women. There are abundance of different undertakings to curb malnutrition by means of different campaigns, discussions, processions and talk shows. The intent of this is to see the end of ongoing malnutrition in the country. Pneumonia, cholera, pox, arsenicosis, etc. are frequently attacking diseases in all ages (especially children) and the prevailing precautions cannot make a dot over these diseases. The main causes of these are the sanitation and hygiene ignorance and shortage of supply of safe drinking water. The citizens are not aware of these and therefore improving health care needs behavioral changes through education, awareness raising campaigns and building skilled health and nutrition professionals. It is a hard policy as school goers are not aware of even the definition of food and nutrition.
The WASH program, food pyramid, RDAs, nutrients, etc. are on brown study and in need of awaking the logarithmic biophysical modulator, food energy in bioenergetics, power house in cell biology, MAC, ideal food and balanced diet at elementary nutritional knowledge. On the contrary, they are not alert on the difference between food, feed and diet. The government should introduce a compulsory subject “Food and Nutrition” by name in SSC and HSC level like the “Information and Communication Technology” brought to light recently in NCTB syllabus to bear up against these devils. An all-out NCTB planning and policies of malnutrition rebuking movement is in demand to raise health and nutritional epidemiology awareness. Our newly appointed Education Ministers are urged to take action in this connection to modernise education system in Bangladesh to meet the demand of the time.
Md. Abdu Hakim, Nutritionist