Infant & Young Child Feeding: UNICEF Sets Up Community Support Groups
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 roll out of infant and young feeding practices and setting up of community support groups held in Jos plateau state.
“UNICEF is responsible for the nutrition need and development of every child under-five, so this training is one vital exercise for the prevention of malnutrition in children.”
“It is developed and initiated to prevent future malnourished children. This simply means that we are not just concerned about the now, but the future consequences of malnutrition.
Dr Sharhan said 31 participants have been trained from Jos North, Mangu and Shendam Local Government Areas, with plans to cover more Local Government Areas.
She said they are engaging 9 support groups to assist in their activities.
Dr Sharhan expressed delight that Plateau State has low nutrition indicators which is not in an emergency state, this she says means that the people of the state have adopted a behavior which is healthy for their children.
Lead facilitator for the programme ,Mrs Charity Evans called for exclusive breast feeding and adequate complimentary feeding for the child.
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, putting the malnutrition level in the local Government at 40%.