You Won’t Believe The Numbers Of People Killed By Malnutrition Daily

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The Federal Government has said that Nigeria loses about 2,300 under-five children and 145 women of child-bearing age to severe and acute malnutrition and iron deficiency respectively daily.

A statement by the Communication Specialist of United Nations Children’s Fund  (Media and External Relations), Mr. Geoffrey Njoku, obtained by The PUNCH on Sunday in Abuja, said, the Head (Nutrition), Federal Ministry of Health, Dr. Chris Osa Isokpunwu, gave the figure in Owerri, the Imo State capital, during the just-concluded media dialogue on child malnutrition, with the theme, “Good nutrition: An investment for the future.”

At the event, the UNICEF’s Chief of Communication (Nigeria), Ms. Doune Porter, said about 400,000 children received community-based Management of Acute Malnutrition services, which is currently being implemented in 12 states in Nigeria.

Out of these beneficiaries, the UN agency said 77,000 lives were saved from death by the exercise in 2015, adding that about 2.5 million children in Nigeria were affected by severe acute malnutrition.

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