Prime Minister Imran Khan will launch a program to make newborns safe from stunting.
According to Special Assistant Dr. Sania Nishtar, 40% of children in Pakistan are suffering from stunting due to malnutrition and other reasons. The government has developed a development program to protect children from stunting.
Prime Minister Imran Khan will formally launch the program today by inaugurating a development center in the Khyber tribal district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Dr. Sania Nishtar said that a budget of Rs. 8.5 billion has been allocated for the first phase of the development program. In the first phase, a total of 221,000 deserving pregnant and lactating mothers in 9 districts of the country will be provided healthy food. Rs.2000 / – on quarterly basis for girls below 2 years of age and Rs.1500 / – for boys.
According to the Special Assistant, in the first phase of the program, a total of 33 development centers are being set up in 9 districts of the country: Khyber, Upper Dir, Bagh, Ghazar, Hunza, Kharmang, Kharan, Badin and Rajanpur. 33 development centers will be set up