40m people vulnerable to malnutrition

DU Correspondent

25 April, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Poverty, income discrimination and insufficient steps of authorities concerned are responsible for stirring the rate of malnutrition across the country.

And so, 40 million people —- belong to extreme poverty and below the poverty line at country’s rural and city’s slum areas —- are the vulnerable group to malnutrition, said ‘Right to Food Bangladesh’ (RFB) at a national seminar in the city on Wednesday.

The authorities concerned hardly materialised the ‘National Food and Nutrition Policy’ over to ensure the right to food of citizens, speakers said at the seminar held at Centre on Integrated Rural Development for Asia and the Pacific (CIRDAP).

Minister for Food Sadon Chandra Majumder, MP attended the function as the chief guest. Director of Bangladesh National Nutrition Parished Md Sha Newaz and Prof of Dhaka University’s Nutrition and Food Science department Khaleda Islam also attended the seminar with noted economist Kazi Kalikuzzaman Ahmad in the chair.

As the programme chair, Kazi Khalikuzzaman said ‘as the nation is now moving towards sustainable development, this is high time for the government to pass the ‘Right to Food’ act within shortest possible time to materialise its strategies regarding the issue.

‘Apart from this, we [educated personnel] have to play a vital role to raise awareness among poor people so that they can have minimum nutritional food to maintain sound health,’ he added.    

Terming fast-food as harmful for health, Prof Khaleda Islam called upon the government to shut down the fast food corners in and around the schools and colleges. He also asked the city dwellers to have vegetables and fruits to maintain good health. 

Addressing the seminar, General Secretary of RFB Mohsin Ali placed a number of recommendations to ministry to ensure the food and nutrition for all.  

Echoing same with speakers and programme chair, minister Sadhon Chandra Majumder said, ‘The right to food is a constitutional right and it’s the state’s responsibility to ensure this right for all’.