Prime Minister Cesar Villanueva on Wednesday affirmed one of the Government's main objectives —in social matters— is to sharply reduce anemia in children under three years of age and pregnant women.
"Our first important commitment is to our children. It can't be possible that, after a decade of economic boom, anemia continues affecting our children's health, depriving them of development opportunities," he expressed.
According to Villanueva, his administration will implement "a multisectoral strategy including the mobilization of social programs' promoters and community agents with the purpose of fighting anemia and malnutrition
"The aim is for families to become aware of the problems caused by the lack of iron, as well as to inform them about the solution," he added.
In this regard, the official announced parents will soon be allowed to receive —free of charge at health centers— the necessary medication to keep their children protected from anemia.
"We need policies to respond to people's needs, as well as guarantee their rights, and strengthen their capacities," he highlighted.
Villanueva went on to say that State services must be adjusted to the diversity of the population, without discrimination.