LAHORE – World Health Organization (WHO) Operations Officer Dr. Babar Alam has announced that the WHO with the collaboration of the Punjab government is going to establish ‘Nutritional Sentinel Site Surveillance System’ in seven districts of the province.

He made this announcement while addressing a one-day orientation workshop on ‘Nutrition Sentinel Site Surveillance in Punjab’ organized by WHO in collaboration with health department at a local hotel on Thursday. He said that Nutritional Sentinel Site Surveillance System would cover district of Multan, Gujranwala, Muzafargarh, DG Khan, Rajanpur, Layah and Bhakar.

Special Assistant to Chief Minister on HWHOealth Khawaja Salman Rafique, Health Director-General Dr. Nisar Ahmad Cheema, Lahore Health Executive District Officer (EDO) Dr Inamul Haq also attended the workshop besides representatives of the WHO.

He said that the proposed Nutrition Sentinel Site Surveillance would help Punjab government to improve health of the people in general and streamline everything regarding nutrition in particular.  Khawaja Salman Rafique said that the main objectives of surveillance system were to assess on a continuous basis the nutritional and related health status of the children at the selected sites, to identify and highlight the evolution and projected trends towards a nutritional and health emergency as related to food crises.

Dr Nisar Cheema said that the main target group for the surveillance would be children, as children were more vulnerable to external shocks (lack of food, disease etc.) and their nutritional status was more sensitive to change due to external shocks as well as interventions.