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Stakeholders decry high rate of malnutrition among children in Kano

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Stakeholders at a one-day meeting on Thursday in Kano decried the high rate of malnutrition among children in the state.

Nigeria News Agency reports that about two million children in the state are malnourished.

The stakeholders meeting was organised by the Aisha Buhari Foundation with the aim of repositioning nutrition as a development and rights-based issue.

Speaking at the event, Onole Ukedeh, the project coordinator of the foundation, said the stakeholders meeting was to find a lasting solution to the issue.

She claimed that malnutrition affects the overall development of children, explaining that a child with stunted growth could not think well.

She blamed the poor performances at on stunted growth in children.

She, therefore, called for urgent need in tackling the feeding requirements of children by exploring all revenue sources to appropriate needed funds to the right places.

Ukedeh regretted that at the moment, the country was having a poor budget on nutrition, saying 32 per cent of children were already suffering from one form of malnutrition or another.

She said out of every 100 children, 58 per cent were malnourished and regretted that since 2017, no desperate measures had been taken to resolve the feeding challenge.

In a speech, the National Vice President North, Nutrition Society of Nigeria, Dr Salisu Maiwada, suggested the use of local nutritional foods, especially in the rural areas.

Represented by an expert on nutrition, Sharfadi Shehu, Maiwada explained that one must not be rich before having a well balanced diet.

He said there were many nutritional foods affordable for everyone, not necessarily expensive ones.

Maiwada called on both the Federal and State Governments to redouble their efforts in improving the nutritional requirements of children.

Also, a legislator, representing Bagwai/Shanono Constituency said the state government earmarked N4 billion to fight malnutrition in the state.

According to him, apart from the N4 billion approved, there is also another N15 billion set aside at the State Agricultural Development Agency (NARDA).

“We are highly concerned with the prevalent rate of malnourished children in the state. Therefore, urgent steps are being taken to tackle it.”

Edited By: Philip Dzeremo/Ismail Abdulaziz

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