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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 industry here.

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.

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