Malnutrition: APHPN calls for Collaborative Interventions

Malnutrition: APHPN calls for Collaborative Interventions

The association of Public Health Physicians of Nigeria, Enugu State Chapter has attributed increase in death of children of the country to malnutrition.

The association noted that the Nigerian government in collaboration with key stakeholders came up with a strategic plan on nutrition sensitive interventions with measurable targets to be achieved between 2014 – 2019.

In an address when the association paid a courtesy call to the deputy governor of Enugu state, Hon. Mrs. Cecilia Ezeilo in her office at the Government House, Enugu, the coordinator of the local working group Enugu State Chapter, Dr. Agunwa Chuka noted that 450,000 children died in Nigeria as a result of malnutrition.

He added that at the state level that the organization has engaged many stakeholders to look for a solution and way forward for the people.

He however added that an assessment across all the states of the federation has shown that Enugu state has the best nutritional index across Nigeria which shows that the state government is doing the right thing for his people in that sector.

He added that in appreciation of the state government effort in the sector, that the association is organizing an award for the deputy governor as “the nutritional champion of Nigeria” soonest.

The coordinator observed that the award would motivate the deputy governor to continue her role of sensitizing the people on the need for quality food to our children and women.

He also appealed to Mrs. Ezeilo to help in financing the organization yearly to maintain the nutritional content in Enugu state.

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He also appealed that certain legislation be made to assist actualize the drive of the association to maintain nutritional content in the state.

He said that the association in collaboration with the Enugu State Committee on Food and nutrition would convene a meeting of all stakeholders in the state to discuss important nutrition issues and practical steps to improve the nutrition status of the people, especially pregnant women and children.

In a brief remark, the deputy governor Hon. Mrs. Ezeilo affirmed the determination of government to assist the association achieve its drive.

She added that the state government would assist in the areas of legislation and policy formulation to actualize the objective in the sector, noting that health issue is one of the priorities of the state government.

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