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June 9, 2024

Kwara stakeholders proffer solution on how to tackle malnutrition

Kwara stakeholders proffer solution on how to tackle malnutrition

By Demola Akinyemi, Ilorin.

Kwara State Government has organised stakeholders meeting to tackle rising cases of malnutrition in the state.

Commissioner for Communications, Bola Olukoju in her address on Thursday at the Stakeholders meeting organised decried the menace of malnutrition in the state, adding that malnutrition has been an impediment to socio-economic growth of the state.

Olukoju who was represented by Mohammed Yahaya, Permanent Secretary,  harped on the need for residents to stay away from malnutrition habits and explore the cheaper but abundant locally available recipes to achieve maximum healthy living.

The Commissioner added that “malnutrition remains a significant challenge, impacting the health and development of many in our state. It is not just a health issue but a barrier to the socio-economic growth of Kwara state.

“The government, under the leadership of Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, is committed to eradicating this menace through comprehensive and sustainable interventions.

She added that, “Today, we gather to address a critical issue that affects the well-being of our communities: malnutrition, dietary habits, and the utilization of locally available recipes.

“The event is part of our ongoing efforts to inform and engage the public about the dangers of malnutrition and to share the measures the state government is taking to combat it. We have entered into various partnerships and intensified our efforts to ensure that every resident of the state has access to nutritious food.”

In his presentation on Malnutrition, Manager, ARIN Project, Kwara state Ministry of Health, Dr Habeeb Lawal revealed that Nigeria has the highest number of stunted children in the world.

He noted that malnutrition is dangerous as it breaks down the system of the body, and drops the immunity which in turn might ultimately lead to death.

He added that malnutrition also produces children with stunted growth who lack intelligent quotient and are ultimately useless to the family and even the society.

Dr Lawal added that 30 percent of the malnourished children are sons and daughters of the average and well-to-do families.

He hinted further that the state is one the states to implement multi-sectoral action plan of action for malnutrition.

“Indeed, the state has the Bible and Q’uran of nutrition to address malnutrition, “he stressed .

He also said that one of the ways to avoid malnutrition is for mothers to ensure breastfeeding of their babies one hour after delivery to build a strong and healthy life for the baby.

For her part,  Hajia Jemila Gene from the state Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, recommended the consumption from locally available recipes.

She talked on “Dietary habits and locally available recipes.” Hajia Gene cautioned against consumption of junk foods, recommending instead, use of local cuisines.

She also recommended home gardening to reduce the gravity of the soaring prices of food stuffs.

“With the recent increase in the prices of food items, it has become more imperative for more Nigerians to get involved in growing some of the food items they consume,” she said.