24 September 2020 By Josiah Buzun
The United Nation’s Children Fund, UNICEF has stressed the need for extensive community and Health education in addressing the issue of malnutrition in the Country.
The Nutrition specialist, UNICEF Bauchi Field Office, DR Raija Sharhan stated this at the Rollout of Infants And Young Feeding Practices And Setting Up Of Community Support Groups held in Jos Plateau State.
Dr Sharhan said 31 participants had been trained from Jos North, Mangu and Shendam Local Government Areas, with plans to cover more Local Government Areas.
She said they were engaging 9 support groups to assist in their activities.
Dr Sharhan expressed delight that Plateau State had low nutrition indicators which was not in an emergency state, this she explained meant that the people of the state had adopted a behavior which was healthy for their children.
Lead facilitator for the programme Mrs Charity Evans called for exclusive breast feeding and adequate complimentary feeding for the children.
Director, Primary health care, Jos North Local Government Area, Mrs Rebecca Nimlan described the situation of Primary health care in the Local Government as fair.
She called for more funding to put the malnutrition level in the local Governments at 40%.