ISLAMABAD.: The biggest national nutrition survey in the history of the country has been completed.
According to the main findings of the National Nutrition Survey 2018-19, which will be officially released on Monday (today), the rate of nutritional deficiency in the country has increased.
It is also being said that the survey has been completed within the span of a year.
According to sources in the Ministry of Health, the rate of nutritional deficiency in Sindh, erstwhile Fata and Balochistan has increased.
It is for the first time that the nutrition survey obtained district-wise data as 115,600 households were a part of it.
Sources said the UK provided $9 million funds for the survey.
The survey was headed by Dr Baseer Achakzai in which poverty rate and access to clean water were gauged.
The survey also took stock of implementation of the basic rules of hygiene.
The health ministry, Unicef and a third party reviewed the survey.
Samples of blood and urine were obtained from women and children besides their weight, height and shoulder length measurements during the survey.
Special focus was given to smaller boys and girls, expecting women and lactating mothers by monitoring their nutritional requirements.
Levels of folic acid, iron, zinc, iodine, and vitamins A and D in women and children were also checked.