It is a matter of grave concern that Asia-Pacific region is a home to 575 million out of the world’s 925 million malnourished people that can be overcome by giving awareness to the masses about nutrient values of food in a bid to fight malnutrition and chronic diseases caused by deficiencies of vitamins and calcium.
It was stated by scientists at a one-day seminar titled “Nutrition and Health Awareness with a special focus on Calcium and Vitamin D” arranged by Department of Home Economic, Institute of Home and Food Sciences, Government College University Faisalabad at Faiz Ahmad Faiz Seminar Hall on Monday. GCUF Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Zakir Hussain was the chief guest while Faculty of Sciences and Technology Dean Prof Dr Noreen Aziz, Department of Home Economics Chairperson Prof Dr Nighat Bhatti, Dr Farah Faris, Director Medical Sciences Dr Riaz Dab, UAF Dean Dr Muhammad Sarwar, GCUF Incharge Department of Physiology Dr Haseeb Anwar, Amna Chugtai, Maryam Zahid, Dr M Laiq Khan, GCUF Directorate of Medical Sciences Deputy Director Dr Shiekh Awais also spoke on the occasion.
The Vice Chancellor stressed the need to educate the people about eating habit keeping in view the nutrient values of different food. He pointed out that the lack of vitamin D and calcium are not also responsible for bone diseases but the deficiency also produces other ailments. Adequate vitamin D intake may reduce risk for cancer, high blood pressure etc.
He told the gathering that Pakistan was having as many as 45 million mal-nourished people. Besides it, Pakistan, Bangladesh, India, Nigeria and Peru are among the top world’s malnourished children countries. He added that ever-increasing population, climate changes, frequent natural disasters, and other factors were aggravating the situation of food security and malnutrition in the region. Therefore, it is need of the hour to mobilizing the people for educating about food nutrient use. He urged the GCUF researchers to carrying out more durable researches on the topic in a bid to sensitize the public about its proper use and ways to prevent from the different diseases. He also directed Heads of Department concerned to constitute ethics committee for running the research process smoothly in order to bringing tangible results of values scientific research
Prof Dr Noreen Aziz Qureshi said that the Department of Home Economics was taking all-out steps to address the issue at large level. She said that GCUF was committed to holding such seminars and workshops in order to fight the issue of malnutrition.
Registrar Muhammad Ayub, GCUF Dean Shahbaz Arif, Dean Dr Pervaiz Azeem, Dr Iftikhar Hussian Bukhari, Senior Advisor HR Shiekh Muhamamd Akram, Director Admin Ch Muhammad Ashfaq, Dr Tahir Taunsavi , UAF Dean Prof Dr Muhammad Ashfaq and other notables were also present.