GILGIT: Average heights of the KIU students are not compatible with the global standards due to prevalence of chronic malnutrition among adolescents and youth.
This was stated by Vice Chancellor Dr. Atta Ullah Shah while addressing an advocacy session at the Karakoram International University (KIU), Gilgit campus, in his keynote speech, according to a press relesae.
Organized jointly by the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) project and the Planning and Development Department, the advocacy session was part of the efforts to raise awareness about malnutrition in the mountainous Gilgit-Baltistan region.
Speaking at the occasion, Additional Chief Secretary GB & SUN focal person, Syed Abrar Hussain appreciated the role of the academia in nutrition projects and interventions. Dr Khalil Ahmed, Dean of Life Sciences, KIU expressed concern about the deteriorating nutrition status of the young generation of GB. He assured all possible support to SUN, GB as a network member of the SUN movement.
In the technical session Dr Shafqat Ara, Gynecologist at City Hospital, highlighted the significance of breast-feeding promotion among the rural masses as it is the basic nutrition in boosting nutrition status of toddlers.
Among the other speakers, Dr Mir Nasir shared the parameters of standards for food safety, Dr Mohammad Shah Nawaz gave his reflections on right diet, Dr Mumtaz about dietary habits and Dr Nadir Shah, SUN Program Consultant, shared his views about multi-sectoral indications for nutrition research in GB.