Minister health and population welfare, Dr. Azra Fazal Pechuho highlights the need of legislation on mandatory food fortification in Sindh.

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ISLAMABAD, October 5 2018 – Minister Health and Population Welfare, Dr. Azra Fazal Pechuho, highlights the need of legislation on mandatory fortification of wheat flour and edible oil and ghee in Sindh province. The Honourable Minister of Health said that child and maternal nutrition is a priority of the Sindh Government. The Minister has shown consensus to convene a meeting on Wednesday, 10 October 2018 with the Department of Food, Health, Education, Sindh Food Authority, Pakistan Flour Mill Association, and all relevant stakeholders to discuss the legislation on mandatory fortification of wheat flour and edible oil and ghee to address the severity of the malnutrition issue impacting the people of Sindh.

DFID funded Food Fortification Programme (FFP) Team Leader, Mr. Stuart King, FFP Technical Director, Dr. Tausif Akhtar Janjua and National Advocacy and Communications Manager, Laila Rubab Jaskani met with the Minister Health and Population Welfare, Dr. Azra Fazal Pechuho in her office on Tuesday, 25 September 2018 to discuss legislation on mandatory fortification of wheat flour and edible oil and ghee. Dr. Tausif Akhtar Janjua updated the minister of the progress made and challenges FFP is facing in implementing the programme since she last met with the FFP team.

“It is important to organize a session with the parliamentarians for consensus building of the importance and need of legislation on mandatory food fortification”, the Honourable Minister said. The Honourable Minister also indicated that an official request letter will be issued to the wheat flour millers to ensure participation in the programme by the ministry of health. It was recognized the importance of increasing public awareness of the benefits of eating fortified food and the minister further stressed the need to include branding and labelling clauses of imprinting of government approved logos on fortified wheat flour bags and edible oil and ghee containers in the draft legislation.

The Honourable Minister of Health and Population Welfare, Dr. Azra Fazal Pechuho, on Tuesday, 25th September said that improving the nutrition of the people Sindh is a priority of the Sindh Government. The Minister has shown commitment to the successful implementation and sustainability of the Food Fortification Programme to support the people of Sindh and their children.

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