Deputy Minister pledges political will towards nutrition interventions

In a bid to understand departments under the ministry of Health, the deputy minister of health Enock Phale on Thursday took time to visit Nutrition and HIV and AIDS Directorate in City centre Lilongwe, to appreciate how they operate and some of the challenges facing the department. 

Phale says it is imperative to learn of their operations in their work environment, to appreciate their situations for improved service delivery.

"I would like to know how people are working, I have visited several departments under the ministry. I want to have a clear picture of what is happening in the ministry as we strive to improve the sector, and my visit to the department of nutrition HIV and Aids, I have learnt a lot," Phale said.

He said in most cases, issues of nutrition are not taken seriously in the country, which he said if not taken care of has a bearing to economic growth.

The deputy minister also pledged political will towards improving the sector and deal away with malnutrition.

In his words, Director of Nutrition Dr. Felix Pensulo pleaded with the ministry to help in the functional review the department is working on, so to ensure the department has a robust system from area development committee to district and national level if nutrition interventions are to make head way.

"We are grateful that the Deputy minister took time to visit us and see our offices as well as appreciating our challenges, we need such political will if Malawi as a country is to improve in as far as nutrition issues are concerned," he said.

The deputy minister on behalf of the ministry graced the handover of 160 tons of VITAMEAL porridge flour from Feed the Children in response to a call for support in dealing with Malnutrition in the country.