Friday 22nd September, 2017
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11m children malnourished in Nigeria - Survey

11m children malnourished in Nigeria - Survey

A National Health Survey has indi­cated that about 11 million children are not properly fed with good and nutritious meals in Nigeria.
This was disclosed by the General Manager of Rivers State Broadcasting Corporation, Sir Sampson Fiberesima, at a public en­lightenment event in Port Harcourt.
With the theme: ‘Breast Feeding, Key to Sustain­able Development’, the event was part of activi­ties to mark 2016 World Breast-feeding Week, orig­inally scheduled to hold in August last year.
Fiberesima expressed concern that if the situa­tion is not urgently tackled, Nigeria may be faced with the challenge of unhealthy future generation of lead­ers.
He, therefore, advocated the need for women to eat good and nutritious meals during and after pregnancy and go the extra mile to give only breast milk to their newly-born in the first six months of life.
He acknowleged that the event was part of Radio Rivers media engagement support in partnership with the ‘A’ field office of the United Nations Chil­dren’s Fund (UNICEF) to advocate and promote best practices on nutrition for infants and young children in the state.
He noted that as an agent of information dis­semination, it is part of their social responsibility to educate and inform the society on core issues of development, especially when it concerns women and young children.
Reassuring govern­ment’s commitment to meet the health needs of the people, even in the face of the present economic challenges, he called on the participants at the event to do their part to comple­ment efforts by the govern­ment.
Also speaking at the event, the Director, Public Health, Ministry of Health, Mrs Glory Wokocha, has cautioned mothers to stop what she called mixed feeding.
She frowned at the prac­tice where mothers mix breast milk feeding, water and other forms of food in the first six months, la­menting that it is not good for the health of the child.
She reiterated that breast milk is highly nutritious, and contains all that a child requires to live a healthy life, including protection from infant-killer diseases, while the process helps to build a bond between mother and child.

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