By Chioma Obinna
LAGOS â€” Worried by the menace of Micro-nutrients Deficiency Disorder, MDD, among Nigerian children under five years of age, National Agency for Food and Drug Administration, NAFDAC, has raised alarm over increasing cost of food fortification and scarcity of fortified food vehicles such as maize flour and vegetable oil.
Addressing participants at the 2nd meeting of the National Fortification Alliance, NFA, in Lagos, Director-General of the Agency, Dr. Paul Orhii, identified sharp rise in the cost and scarcity of fortified food vehicles at rural, urban poor households and communities as the critical challenges that must be urgently addressed.
Orhii was of the view that poor awareness of the prevalence and consequences of MDD as well as the benefits of regular consumption of fortified foods by policy makers and the consuming public were also major challenges affecting the fortification programme in the country.
The director general said the menace of MDD had been identified as one of the key contributory factors to the high mortality and morbidity of Nigeria children under five years of age, pregnant and lactating mothers in the country.