UNICEF, Nigerian govt partner journalists to scale up nutrition in North East

By Ahmed Ahmed

United Nations Children Emergency Funds (UNICEF) in collaboration with Federal Government partnered journalists to scale up nutrition in the North East region.
Mr Samuel Kaalu, the Communication officer of Bauchi Field Office, disclosed this at the two-day Media Dialogue with Journalists/ interface with On Air Personalities (OAPs) on child malnutrition in North East.
He said that the essence of the meeting was to acquaint with the strategies to be used in creating awareness and educating public on malnutrition in the Northeast.
"We expect the journalists to keep on writing on the dangers of malnutrition in the region and on air personal should keep on sensitization and reminding the public on how to tackle malnutrition.
Dr Davis Bamidele Omotola, the Nutrition consultant, in his presentation said there was the need to explore how insurgency ravaged North East region that left many children malnourished.
He said the insurgency has had a deleterious effect on the nutritional status of children in Northeast.
“Lack of access to most areas has been the impediment in providing life-saving nutrition support to those in need.
“Nutrition activities are limited to few areas where humanitarian actors have access and where healthcare structures are in place,” he said.
He acknowledged that the protracted humanitarian crises that often cause malnutrition need a wider approach in addressing the issue.

Omotola charged to journalists to give nutrition a priority in their reportage to curb the problem of malnutrition in the region.

Also, Dr Martins Jackson, the Nutrition officer, UNICEF, Bauchi, explained impact of Department for International Development (DFID) United Kingdom in some communities in North East.
"The direct nutrition interventions fall into some general areas of investment behaviour change interventions that include promotion of breastfeeding, appropriate complementary feeding practices.
"Micronutrient and de-worming interventions that provide a range of supplements for children under the age of five years, pregnant women and the general population.

"Complementary and therapeutic feeding interventions that consist of provision of vitamin- and mineral-fortified and/ or - enhanced complementary foods for the prevention and treatment of moderate malnutrition among children.”

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