LAHORE - Primary and Secondary Healthcare Minister Kh Imran Nazir has said the Protection of Breastfeeding and Child Nutrition Act would be implemented in letter and spirit.

Addressing a seminar arranged by IRMNCH at a local hotel on Monday, he said that action would be taken against doctors prescribing formula milk unnecessarily.

MPA Dr Uzma, Member P&D Health Dr Shabana Haider, Additional Director Operations IRMNCH Dr Akhter Rashid, Additional Director Dr Naeem Mujeed, Dr Zulfiqar Ahmed, Dr Nasir, representatives of development partners and MS of DHQ and teaching hospitals participated in the Seminar.

Kh Imran Nazir said infant mortality rate was alarmingly high in Pakistan. According to a research, he said, malnutrition damage country's economy by 12 to 13 percent. He said that the government has established stabilization centers at DHQ hospitals for treatment of malnutrition related complications.

Dr Shubana Haider said that mother's feed was basic right of every child. She urged doctors in Gynae wards to provide counselling to mothers regarding benefits of breast feeding. She urged district administration to play due role in execution of this law.

Dr Akhtar Rashid highlighted the steps taken by IMNNCH program regarding breast feeding and child nutrition.

Drug control meeting

Additional Secretary Drugs Control chaired review meeting of District Quality Control Boards.  Chief Drugs Controller and officers of Provincial Drug Control Unit, Provincial Quality Control Board and Secretaries of District Quality Control Boards attended the meeting.

The meeting was informed that 443 cases were decided by DQCBs during the last month. Permission for prosecution was given in 241 cases, warning was issued in 157 cases and permission of FIR was granted in 11 cases.  As many as 25287 applications were received for computerized drugs sale license. As many as 35464 centres have been registered under Centralized Barber & Beauty Salon Licensing including 29099 barber shops, 4225 beauticians and 2140 paddlers.