JONAS EZIEKE, Abuja
The House of Representatives Committee on HealthCare Services and the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund UNICEF and other relevant stakeholders on health have decried the prevalence of malnutrition particularly on maternal/ child healthcare delivery in Nigeria.
They therefore called for a multi-sectoral collaboration of all the stakeholders in the health sector in order to address the challenge it poses to healthcare delivery in the country.This was the focal point of a two-day Conference on Maternal/Child Nutrition in Nigeria organized by the House Committee on Healthcare Services at the National Assembly Abuja.
Speaker of the House Hon. Yakubu Dogara in an opening address said that malnutrition is one of the most worrisome health challenges in Nigeria.Represented by the House Deputy Minority Whip Hon. Binta Bello, the speaker said malnutrition accounts for more than 5% of maternal/child death in the country.Similarly, Chairman of the House Committee Hon. Chike Okafor said that the Committee is poised to strengthen healthcare system in Nigeria.
According to him, the Committee partnered UNICEF in order to address the challenges of malnutrition in Nigeria.While calling for a high level intervention of government, donor agencies and other relevant stakeholders in the sector to address it, he said legislators have a lot of role to play on the issue.
The Minister of Health Prof. Isaac Adewole who was represented by Dr Adebimpe Adebiyi the Director of Family Health in the ministry said that not much progress had been achieved by government in the area of maternal/child nutrition.She noted that poor nutrition in children had accounted for about 2.3 million child death and about 11 million children with stunted growth.
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