Unicef’s Goodwill Ambassador for South Asia and Indian actor Aamir Khan called on Prime Minister Sushil Koirala at the latter’s official residence in Baluwatar on Thursday.
The Regional Director of UNICEF South Asia, Karin Hulshof, had announced Indian cine icon Khan as the Goodwill Ambassador amidst a programme in the Capital earlier in the day.
During the meeting, PM Koirala said socio-economic development of South Asia was in the back burner and added that the South Asian countries have not been able to come to equal footing with developed countries despite comparative reforms in children’s status.
Khan emphasised the problem of malnutrition among the children of Nepal and India, and stressed on the fact that more than 40 per cent of the children in both countries were suffering from malnutrition.
PM Koirala said he was optimistic of socio-economic reformation in the backdrop of the country’s movement on the path of political stability, lasting peace and development.
“I am very optimistic towards Nepal’s future,” PM Koirala said, while adding that the children’s condition would also improve along with the socio-economic development of the country.
The effects of malnutrition among the children is seen in underweight, emaciation, anemia, deficiency in iodine resulting in swelling of goiter, night blindness due to deficiency of Vitamin ‘A’.
Khan arrived in Kathmandu on Tuesday to participate in a Unicef-initiated nutrition programme in Kapilvastu. After attending the Unicef’s programme in the district yesterday, Khan also visited Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha.