The Civil Society-Scaling Up Nutrition in Nigeria (CS-SUNN) on Wednesday enlisted the support of the media to address the scourge of hidden hunger among children under five years in Kaduna State.
CS-SUNN’s Executive Secretary, Mrs Beatrice Eluaka represented by the group’s Communication Officer, Mrs Lilian Ajah-Mong, made the call in Kaduna during a Media Round Table on Micro-Nutrients Deficiency Control (MNDC).
Eluaka explained that hidden hunger or micro nutrient deficiency was the lack of essential minerals and vitamins required by the body for proper growth and development.
She said that Nigeria has an alarming prevalence of micro nutrient deficiencies that has persisted for decades and affects about two billion people worldwide, two million of which are in Nigeria.
According to her, deficiencies in micro nutrients are public health concern that impair immunity, impede cognitive development and growth as well as reduce capacity.
“The deficiency of these micro nutrients causes a variety of morbidity and increased mortality which are most severe in children, adolescent girls and pregnant women.
“It is the leading cause of anemia, birth defects, increase susceptibility to infection, blindness and reduced growth and development in women and children.
“As CS-SUNN works to contribute to the reduction of malnutrition in Nigeria, including micro nutrient deficiencies, it is important that the media actively creates visibility for issues around MNDC.
“The media is critical in improving awareness and knowledge on MNDC and in drawing the attention of policy makers towards prompting actions on improving interventions around micro nutrients deficiency.”
She explained that the media round table was organized in collaboration with Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH) and Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) to set an agenda on MNDC n the media space.
“It also hoped to increase media participation in the promotion of micro nutrient deficiency control interventions in Nigeria through impactful reportage,” she said.
Also speaking, Mr John Uruakpa, Deputy Director and Head, Micro nutrient Deficiencies Control, FMoH, said that hidden hunger occurs when people consume insufficient minerals and vitamins.
Uruakpa said that the World Bank has estimated that about 1.5 billion U.S. dollars would be lost annually in Nigeria to micro nutrients deficiency.
According to him, it is called hidden hunger because people do not know they have it until its negative impact begins to manifest.
He identified essential minerals and vitamins needed for proper growth and development as vitamin A, Iodine, iron, Zinc and foliate.
Uruakpa said that the federal government had over the years made several efforts toward controlling the deficiency in the country.
Similarly, Mrs Akinbinu Adeyinka of the FMARD, said that the ministry have fortified a number of crops with the needed minerals and vitamins.
She listed some of the crops fortified with vitamin A to include cassava and maize, orange flesh, sweet potato and sorghum while zinc; rice and beans were on the way.
- Resign, aggrieved APC NEC members tell Oshiomhole
- INAC 2019: Culture agency provides free skills training
- Friendly environment: Minister urges public-private sector collaboration
- Why God’s ways remain unpredictable, incomprehensible – Don
- Air Chief pleased with maintenance progress on Alpha Jets In NAF Base
- EU tasks AU on solidarity, unity for AfCFTA to succeed
- Town Hall meeting stakeholders advocate interface reps
- Webber donates N9m sports facilities to alma mater
- Lawmaker lays foundation for block of six classrooms in Badagry
- Kwara Govt. tasks new NURTW executives on peace, unity
- Customs Comptroller-General to sack officers living above earnings
- NIS begins E-passport, biometric visa issuance in Japan
- Burundian Ambassador calls for proper funding of science innovation
- Ghanaian Parliamentarian says Nigeria closure of border affects trade
- NiMet predicts sunny, thundery activities for Saturday
- Nigeria, S’Africa mull MoU on assets recovery -Magu
- I’m not going to attempt 3rd term, says Buhari
- Army: Over 1,000 persons benefit from free medical care in Ibadan
- VC’s not against IPPIS: Prof. Kimbir
- EFCC uncovers alleged fraud of N5bn from Kwara revenue fund
- Zamfara Assembly reaffirms suspension of Shinkafi LG chairman
- Researchers find 1,000 yr old Viking-era ship in western Norway
- Police in Benue discover 3 family members dead in a room
- Iranian cleric says protest leaders deserve death sentence
- South African Airways inks deal to end eight-day strike
- WHO: Inactivity puts health of adolescents worldwide at risk
- Niger governor’s aide trains journalists on digital media
- Navy decorates 16 new Rear Admirals
- NAN acting MD, other management staff in Lafia for 2-day retreat
- FG lauds capacity to tackle public health threats
- Traders count losses over Oyingbo market closure
- SEC reviewing NSE demutualisation application, assures transparent process
- Experts say green policies, legal routes needed for climate refugees
- Osinbajo receives Oduduwa University founder at Aso Villa
- Sokoto Judgement: APC heads to Supreme Court
- Drug situation in Nigeria, public health crisis — Health Minister
- NSE All-Share Index rises by 0.44%
- Healthcare delivery: Gov. Bagudu seeks better physicians, policy makers’ synergy
- Zamfara killings: Gov. Matawalle cancels planned trip to Germany
- 265 Enugu residents benefit from Nigerian Army medical outreach
- 2020 Olympics Qualifiers: D’Tigress lands in Pot 3
- Dubai urges African countries to rejig customs service
- Court to rule on Faisal Maina’s bail application Nov. 29
- 6 migrants found dead on Libyan shoreline, UN agency says
- Trump says ‘I want a trial,’ brushes off worries on impeachment
- Expert calls for establishment of specialised bank for healthcare industry
- 18 ships arrive Lagos ports, discharge petroleum products, food items
- NIPR inducts Delta Commissioner, 144 others as members in Asaba
- Court again adjourns arraignment of 57 for alleged Homosexuality
- Market liquidity: SEC engages PENCOM, AMCON on Securities Lending