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Ministry urges parents to support NIMS program

September 26, 2018 6:57 pm

A two million dollar National Iron and Micro Nutrition Supplement Program (NIMS) introduced by the Health Ministry aims to reduce iron deficiency in children.

The Ministry is urging parents to support the five-year program that is being rolled out in schools.

Project Officer Kiti Soravaki says the Ministry is calling on parents to give permission to their children to take iron tablets that will be distributed.

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Soravaki says parents should encourage their children to opt for healthier diet.

“We are also doing awareness in schools with primary and secondary school students and we are asking parents to make sure their children eat iron reach food that’s the best way to get their supply of iron.”

Meanwhile, Soravaki says anemia affects a child’s physical fitness as well as their performance in school.

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