Half of the Pakistani people are victim of malnutrition whereas 58 percent of them face food insecurity while she is among the three countries having half of the malnourished women and children of the world, reveals a moot here.

The International Conference on Biochemical and Chemical Sciences was arranged by Department of Chemistry and Bio Chemistry, University of Agriculture Faisalabad. On the occasion, Islamia University of Bahawalpur Vice Chancellor Dr Muhammad Mukhtar as chief guest said that the country was facing the challenge of food insecurity.

He demanded stepped up efforts on the part of scientists to fight the situation. He said that Pakistan has the best ecosystem, cropping system and talented youth. “If we equipped them with quality education and skills, the country can progress rapidly,” he said and quoted the example of China which is proving its mettle in different fields across the globe.

He said that people in Cholistan lived long while it was an area to be researched to find out its factors.

Addressing the participants, UAF Vice Chancellor Dr Iqrar Ahmad Khan said that the climate changes are the area of concern that demands collaborative efforts to weed out the challenge. He told the audience that the UAF was standing at the 35th position in the Green University rankings. He said that UAF was taking an all-out effort to promote green and environment friendly atmosphere.

Foreign scientist Dr Silvia Kaufmann from International Development Partner said 45 percent of children below five years of age are stunted owing to chronic malnutrition. She added that 40 to 50 percent of the people were living below the poverty line. She called for efforts in this regard and said that her institution was working to scale up the nutrition issue in the country.

Dr Kausar Abdullah from FC College Lahore said that Pakistan was under the grip of food insecurity. He said that the culture of collaborations among different departments was vital for addressing the issue. Dr Muhammad Javed said that according to National Nutrition Survey, 50.4 percent of women are anaemic, 41.3 percent have vitamin A deficiency, and 66.8 percent have vitamin D deficiency. He said that his faculty was committed to taking every step to address the issue of food nutrition.

Saleem Shaheen from Planning Commission said that fifty percent of women don’t have an access to the nutrient food. He said that it is a challenge to feed the increasing population of the world that will touch to nine billion by 2050. Department Chairman Dr Muhammad Asghar said that it will address the issue. He said that his department had produced 91 PhDs so far.

NOOSE TIGHTENED AROUND QUACKS: A meeting of District Quality Control Board decided to take legal action against 60 illegal medical stores and clinics of the quacks.

During the course of hearing of the cases put up by the drug inspectors in the meeting, it was unanimously decided that the criminal cases would be registered against the owners of illegal medical stores.  The District Quality Control Board also decided to proceed prosecution and sealing of the premises for 90 days. DCO Noorul Amin Mengal ordered the Health Department officers to pursue the cases against those running illegal medical stores and clinics.

He said that quacks were playing with the lives of patients so they not be spared at any cost.

He warned the drug inspectors and said that there individual performance regarding the inspection of the medical stores and clinics would minutely be monitored. He directed that the big fish also be brought to book and special campaign be initiated to trace such elements.

He directed that the compliance report be reviewed after two days regarding the decision taken during the meeting of the board.

 meeting was attended by EDO Health Dr. Waqar Sadiq, Dr Muhammad Siddiq, Gulam Sabir and drug inspectors.