Malnutrition Now Major Threat In Nigeria, Society Tells FG

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Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole.

By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan

President of the Nutrition Society of Nigeria (NSN), Dr. Bartholomew Brai  on Tuesday alerted the Federal government of the increasing wave of mortality rate arising from lack of good nutrition.

Dr Brai who raised the alarm in Ibadan while addressing  a press conference on the 47th Scientific and Annual General meeting of the society asked the Federal Government to create a budget line for the promotion of good nutrition and healthy lifestyle among Nigerians

The NSN President maintained that with the present situation in the country, there is the urgent need for the government  to complement the efforts of the organisation in promoting good nutrition in and across Nigeria.

“The nutrition situation in Nigeria today calls for concern. The current statistics show that both infant and under-five mortality rate are high. The level of malnutrition is also with 43 percent of the children stunted, 11 percent wasted and 31 percent underweight while about 2 percent are overweight” he said.

Dr Brai added ‘that is why we are saying that what the government can do is that there is a need for budget line for nutrition so that we will be positioned to do this campaign. “

Speaking further, the NSN President called on Nigerians to invest in nutrition, adding that the investment will be made effective if nutrition information leads to change in attitude and behaviour of the people towards healthy eating and lifestyle.

“The investment made in nutrition will be most effective if nutrition information leads to change in attitude and behaviour of the populace towards healthy
eating and lifestyle. Presently there is a critical problem of obtaining the right nutritional advice, which is evidence based and a proliferation of several nutrition experts who are giving misleading information to the public”.

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