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KARACHI:21 Nov: Nutrition, education, better healthcare and improved environment are the basic rights of children, said Pakistan Pediatric Association (PPA) general secretary Prof Dr Zareen Fasih.

“It is very important to treat our future generation with respect and provide them equal opportunities to explore new horizons,” she said while addressing a press conference on Sunday at the Karachi Press Club in connection with the Universal Children’s Day.

She said statistics revealed that 18 to 20 percent children died of pneumonia, seven percent children had to face psychological negligence at their homes and 11 percent children in the world were medically neglected.

She informed: “About 48 percent of our population comprised children and we have to brig up our future in better way.”

PPA Sindh vice president Dr Mushtaq Memon emphasised on parents, teachers, lawyers and organisations for making combined efforts for the rights of children. He emphasised media to play its due role to raise awareness among people.

Memon revealed that they could not free Pakistan from polio yet, so we should work for the children’s welfare without any discrimination. He said that healthy child is a symbol of healthy nation.

Dr Khalid Zubairi said Pakistan is a signatory of the United Nation Children Right Convention (CRC) and as per the convention every child had equal right of living, health, nutrition, education and freedom of expression.

He said it was their duty to take care of their children and provide them all the necessary facilities. He suggested mothers to provide their children their own milk at least for six months so that the children could develop immunity against diseases. He advised mothers to provide their children pure water and prevent them from domestic accidents.

He emphasised parents to listen to their children and suggested teachers not to give physical or psychological punishment to children.Daily Times.

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