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Children’s Day: Jonathan vows to tackle infant mortality

By Chinyere Amalu

ABUJA— As Nigeria joined the rest of the world in celebrating  Children’s Day, President Goodluck Jonathan said his administration is partnering with food manufacturing industries to ensure food fortification with essential micro nutrients.

He also said tackling malnutrition in the country, especially in children, would contribute immensely to reducing high maternal and child mortality phenomenon, as well as, the achievement of MDGs stated targets on infant mortality.

Also UNICEF has decried drop in exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months of a child’s life in Nigeria, saying, “it is only breast milk, nothing else, not even water, can ensure that a baby receives adequate nutrition, and is protected against infections and other diseases.

Speaking at the Children’s celebration yesterday, President Goodluck Jonathan, who was represented by the FCT Minister, Senator Bala Mohamed, said malnutrition is known to be an underlying cause of death in about 35-50% of child deaths worldwide.

His words: “The present administration is committed to partnering with food manufacturing industries to ensure food fortification with essential micronutrients. Nigeria achieved 98% universal salt iodisation in 1998 and certified universal salt iodisation compliant in 2005.


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