Monday 25th September, 2017
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FG launches use of mobile phones to halt malnutrition

FG launches use of mobile phones to halt malnutrition

The Federal Government has launched the use of mobile phones to circu­late nutrition information in the country.
This is in an effort to improve health and nutrition of pregnant women and breastfeeding moth­ers in Nigeria,
The programme which is tagged “mNutrition” is a pro­cess of using mobile technology to send text messages to Nigeri­ans with a view to expanding ac­cess to health and nutrition ser­vices.
Speaking while launching the programme, the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, said that the programme was a step towards achieving Universal Health Coverage(UHC).
He explained that mNutri­tion Programme was aimed at leveraging on mobile technolo­gy to scale up health and nutri­tion outcomes in Nigeria.
According to him, malnutri­tion was known to slow econom­ic growth and perpetuate poverty by reducing children’s brain de­velopment, their ability to learn, and be productive citizens dur­ing their adult years, stressing that malnourished children learn less in school and were more likely to drop out of school and eventually earn less as adults.
He further explained that most malnutrition happens in the first 1000 days of a child’s life- from conception to child’s second birth day and the dam­age caused at that period is irre­versible.
Speaking on Integrating Mo­bile Telecommunications into Nutrition Programme in Ni­geria, the Minister of State for Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, said that nutrition was a key factor in the reduction of high maternal and child mortality.
He noted that reduction of child mortality and morbidi­ty due to malnutrition could be achieved through coordinat­ed efforts by all stakeholders to increase coverage and access to nutrition services such as spe­cial attention to women during pregnancy, promotion of health education as well as improve in­fant and young children feeding.
 

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