8 June 2021By Florence Adewale
The Federal Government says plans are underway to scale up nutrition for children and Adolescents towards improving the well being of Nigerians.
The Director Nutrition, Federal Ministry of Health, Dr. Binyerem Ukaire made this known in Abuja at a stakeholders meeting ahead of the National Response for Growth summit in Tokyo in December 2021.
The stakeholders meeting organised by the Ministry of Health and the Civil Society Scale up Nutrition in Nigeria was aimed at brainstorming and working out sustainable commitments that would boost nutrition in Nigeria.
Dr. Ukaire who said previous commitments by the Nigerian government were not fully implemented due to lack of cooperation by other stakeholders, stressed that the meeting would pave way for the government to achieve its mandate.
She said, “It is time for partners to unlock the powers of good nutrition policies at all levels to increase financing for proven nutrition sensitive interventions and be committed to harmonise action across Sectors.”
In his remark, representative of the Nigeria Government Forum Dr. Ahamad Abdulwahab said State Governors have mapped out modalities to tackle stunt nutrition in their various states.
In his words, Nutrition is the priority for the governors and they are trying to ensure that all the necessary interventions are put in place, they already have areas of commitment and they have a scorecard, they are tracking progress in all they are doing.”
In a remark, the Executive Director of the Civil Society Scaling Up Nutrition, Dr. Beatrice
Eluaka appealed to government all levels to set standard and make commitments that are achievable to meet the needs of the citizenry and boost the image of the country.
“To reduce malnutrition in Nigeria, it requires scaling up pririoty to impact on nutrition sensitive interventions and creating an enabling environment for improved nutrition focusing on the most velnurable especially women, children and internally displaced persons. This must be interventions that is achievable and sustainable to boost positive image of the country globally.”
Other stakeholders at the forum pledged to ensure that nutrition and security issues were at the front burner in their activities.