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Govt support vital to Thai children development

UNICEF Thailand has voiced concerns over the development of Thai children, following reports which indicated that quite a few of them still lacked a healthy diet and proper education.Citing the National Statistics Office’s survey on the situation of Thai children in 2013, UNICEF Thailand commented that Thai children were facing challenges in physical and intellectual growth. Only 12 percent of Thai children were breastfed all through their first six months after birth. As much as 16 percent of children aged below five were undersized due to undernourishment, whereas 11 percent were obese. One-fourth of three-year-old youngsters had no opportunity to study kindergarten.

In order to stimulate their potential, UNICEF Thailand suggested that the government invest more in children support campaigns to ensure that all Thai kids have access to appropriate health care and quality diet, adding that the investment of this type could lead to truly sustainable development for the nation.

The organization has launched a project called Best Start to enhance awareness of the importance of early childhood development. Interested people can log on to www.beststartthailand.com.

NNT

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