Over 50pc of elderly people at risk of malnutrition

Strengthen nutrition security measures

Published : 02 Oct 2021 09:12 PM | Updated : 03 Oct 2021 06:55 PM

More than half of the country's elderly people are at risk of malnutrition. A recent study found that a quarter (25.06 percent) of the country's elderly suffer from malnutrition. The rate of malnutrition is higher among women than men. 

Experts opine that the elderly need to take specific nutrition programs to eliminate malnutrition. Women need to be considered with special importance in this program. Emphasis should be placed on improving the mental health of the elderly. At the same time, people should take care of their mouths and teethes. Elderly nutrition needs to be ensured by ensuring proper diet. For this, we need to take the right plan and implement it.

Our nutrition security measures and poverty 

eradication programmes need to be strengthened 

through innovative and multi-dimensional approaches

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The government is working relentlessly for the country’s nutrition security. As a result of the government’s prudent measures, Bangladesh did well than many countries in combating the food crisis and hunger amid coronavirus pandemic.

Since the pandemic has undermined food and nutrition security for many, its effects will likely ripple into the future. This means special attention and consistent implementation of government’s measures are needed to increase and diversify our food production and to reduce hunger, undernourishment. 

Though the country has made extraordinary progress in reducing hunger over the last decade, still a significant portion of our population is trapped in a food crisis and malnutrition. To free them from this curse, our nutrition security measures and poverty eradication programmes need to be strengthened through innovative and multi-dimensional approaches. We hope such projects will be taken in the future on a constant basis.

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