Providing right food key to addressing malnutrition: Minister
West Bengal: Calling for a change in the way malnutrition is understood, West Bengal Women and Child Development Minister on 1st November said providing the "right food" is the key to address the problem.
She was speaking at the release of Unicef's "The State of the World's Children" report. "The way we understand and respond to malnutrition needs to change. It is not just about giving enough food to children to eat. It is important to offer them right food. That is our common challenge today," she said. Malnutrition caused 69 per cent of deaths of children below the age of five in India, according to the report. Children across the world are facing a triple burden of malnutrition, hidden hunger and overweight, it said.
The West Bengal government and the Unicef will work together towards addressing the problem of malnutrition, she said. "We already have the programmes and schemes in place to provide necessary nutrition specific and sensitive interventions," the minister said.