Royal initiative to begin providing vitamins for students
Beginning the second semester of this school year, the Ministry of
Education will embark on implementing His Majesty King Abdullah's initiative
to distribute vitamins to both public and UNRWA school students. Under
the project, each student will receive one vitamin per day, regarded
as enough to make up for any shortage in vitamin intake, according to
officials supervising the programme.
AMMAN (The Jordan Times) -- During his visit to the ministry on Sept.
2, the King gave directives to address nutritional problems suffered
by school- children. He stressed the need to enhance nutrition to ensure
normal physical growth.
His Majesty, accompanied by Her Majesty Queen Rania, paid a visit Wednesday
to the Pharmaceutical Producer Union (PPU), whose board of directors
responded positively to the Royal initiative, and announced that the
union would cover half the costs of the $2 million programme. King Abdullah
Fund for Development will provide the remaining half of the expenses,
said Minister of Planning Bassem Awadallah, vice president of the fund's
board of trustees.
Minister of Health Walid Maani said 1.2 million government, army and
UNRWA-run school students would benefit from the project. President of
PPU Mazen Darwazeh briefed Their Majesties on the status of pharmaceutical
The King stressed at the meeting that the government should cooperate
with the pharmaceutical sector to find markets for Jordanian pharmaceutical
exports. His Majesty underlined the need for cooperation between public
and private sectors in industry development and scientific research,
saying such cooperation would eventually reflect positively on national
industries in general.
He added it is important to design proper strategies “to discover
and encourage talented and innovative young men and women.” His
Majesty also indicated that these youths should receive enough support
to remain here and serve their nation.
The meeting was attended by Prime Minister Ali Abul Ragheb, Chief of
the Royal Court Fayez Tarawneh and a number of concerned ministers.