Small fishes helpful for mothers, babies

Small fishes helpful for mothers, babies

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Optimum consumption of micro nutrient-rich small fishes effectively saves the pregnant women, lactating mothers, babies and malnourished children from many severe diseases meeting their nutritional demand.Despite laudable success achieved so far in the health sector, malnutrition of the pregnant women, lactating mothers and children has been still remaining as a major cause responsible for permanent blindness, maternal, neonatal and infant deaths in rural areas.However, production and consumption of micro nutrient-rich small fishes like “Mola”, “Darkina”, and “Dhela” have been increasing significantly in recent years preventing malnutrition of the women and children to a large extent in rural areas.According to former Rangpur Hub Manager Dr Nahiduzzaman for WorldFish of the USAID funded Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia in Bangladesh (CSISA-BD) Project, a brighter prospect prevails to further increase production of the small fishes.Despite declining of water bodies for various reasons like climate change, the government has taken huge steps for enhanced cultivation of micro nutrient-rich small fishes in the smaller, ponds, canals, wetlands and crop fields in rural areas, he said.“The increasing production of small fishes has been assisting rural poor in achieving self-reliance and its optimum intake by the pregnant women, lactating mothers and children helps them in overcoming malnutrition,” he said.Former Rangpur Divisional Director (Health) Dr Shahadat Hossain said nutritional deficiency of pregnant women, lactating mothers and children must be overcome through ensuring intake of micro nutrient-rich small fishes and vegetables.“Normal growth of brain, different organs and flourishing talent of the children generally face setback following malnutrition of the pregnant women, lactating mothers and children leading to severe diseases or even deaths in the long run,” he said.Noted physician Dr Mofizul Islam said nutritional deficiency of the pregnant women and lactating mothers, babies and children among the poorer section people in rural areas is still a problem in building a healthier nation.According to Gynecology Specialist of Rangpur Medical College and Hospital (RMCH) Dr Yeasmina, meeting nutritional demand of the pregnant women, lactating mothers and children is a perquisite for building a healthier nation.Malnutrition cases are being noticed mostly among the pregnant women and lactating mothers in rural areas because of their poor knowledge on nutritional foodstuffs, though most of those are available around them.“However, optimum intake of micro nutrient-rich small fishes and vegetables meets nutritional demand of pregnant women to ensure safe pregnancy for giving birth to healthier babies and increase milk of the lactating mothers,” she said.Child disease Specialist Dr Shariful Islam said regular intake of micro nutrient-rich fishes like “Mola”, “Darkina”, and “Dhela”, even in small quantities, strengthens immune systems of the babies and children helping their normal growth.“The smaller fishes have adequate important minerals and vitamins like iron and folic acid those help healthier growth of brain, immune systems and flourishing talent of the children,” he added.Ensured and optimum intake of micro nutrient-rich smaller fishes could not only meet nutritional demand, but also substantially reduce the rate of maternal, neonatal and infant deaths and eliminate permanent blindness.Principal of Rangpur Medical College Professor Dr Zakir Hossain narrated the diseases being caused by malnutrition of the pregnant women and lactating mothers, children and babies and possible way-outs by disseminating nutrition education to rural households.He said that the overall nutrition situation has been improving fast following various steps taken by the government to increase social awareness and the community clinics have been playing important roles towards the directions.BSS, Rangpur

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