43 pc female RMG workers suffering from malnutrition
Malnutrition key challenge to SDGs: Speakers
Publish- January 06, 2021, 01:03 AM
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Speakers in a programme on Tuesday said that about 43 percent female workers at ready-made garments (RMG) sector are victim of malnutrition.
A large number of workers at different industries are suffering from malnutrition, they said.
Malnutrition can reduce the working capacity of workers and productivity by 20 percent while it is very important to ensure nutritious foods for the workers for achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), they said.
They came up with the remarks while addressing a sensitization meeting titled ‘Strengthening Workers’ Access to Pertinent Nutrition Opportunities (SWAPNO)’ at City Inn Hotel in Khulna, said a press release.
Department of Inspection for Factories and Establishment (DIFE) and Department of Labour in association with Switzerland-based organization ‘Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN)’ organised the event.
State Minister for Labour and Employment Begum Monnujan Sufian attended the programme as the chief guest, while Talukder Abdul Khaleque, Mayor of Khulna City Corporation, as the special guest.
AKM Mizanur Rahman, Director General, Department of Labour, Dhaka; Dr Md Mustafizur Rahman, Joint Inspector General (Health), DIFE; Dr. Rudaba Khondker, Country Director, GAIN; Ismiel Hossain, Divisional Commissioner of Khulna; among others spoke.
She called for providing nutritious foods for workers at their work places along with raising awareness on nutrition for achieving the SDGs.
Besides, she called upon those who are engaged in production, processing, supplying and marketing of foods to consider the matter of nutrition.
The programme was informed that ensuring required nutrition among the workers can increase the national productivity by upto 20%. Only anaemia caused by iron deficiency among the workers is responsible for reducing productivity worth five billion US dollar in many South Asian countries.