LAHORE – The participants of a meeting suggested establishment of more Quality Control Laboratories (QCL) in the country to ensure adequate iodization of edible salt.

Representatives from Planning Commission, The Micronutrient Initiative, WHO, UNICEF, WFP, GAIN, Salt Processors, Provincial P & D and Health Departments participated in the meeting held at a local hotel on Tuesday to review Universal Salt Iodization (USI) Program in Pakistan.

Dr Tausif Akhtar Janjua, Country Director MI welcomed the participants on behalf of development partners working for USI in Pakistan. He briefed the audience about the objective of the meeting and updated that USI program in Pakistan has achieved the level of success which could not be thought of a few years back.

Representative from UNICEF and GAIN briefed the participants on the role of their organizations in USI Program Pakistan and detailed about the UNICEF-GAIN partnership in USI with the specific role and contribution. The progress of USI Program in all provinces and regions of Pakistan was discussed in detail with ways of implementing strategy to consolidate the achievements.

The participants suggested that Planning Commission should draft minimum legal framework for legislation on fortification and forward it to provinces for formulation.

They stressed upon donor organizations to ensure financial and technical support for USI Program so that Pakistan could achieve Millennium Development Goals and eliminate Iodine Deficiency Disorders completely. They suggested strong regulatory cum monitoring mechanism.