Nutrition Stakeholders Pledge To Prioritise Nutrition, Security Issues In Nigeria

The Federal government says plans are underway to scale up nutrition for children and Adolescents towards improving the well-being of Nigerians.

The Director of Nutrition, Federal Ministry of Health, Dr. Binyerem Ukaire made this known in Abuja at a stakeholder meeting ahead of the National Response for Growth summit in Tokyo in December 2021.

The stakeholders meeting organized by the Ministry of Health and the Civil Society Scaling up Nutrition in Nigeria was aimed at brainstorming and working out sustainable commitments that would boost nutrition in Nigeria.

Dr. Ukaire who said the previous commitments by the Nigerian government was not fully implemented due to a 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 harmonizing action across Sectors.”

In his remark, the representative of Nigeria Government Forum Dr. Ahamad Abdulwahab said state governors have mapped out modalities to tackle stunt nutrition in their various states.

In his word, 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 an area of commitments and they have a scorecard, they are tracking progress in all what they are doing.”

In a remark, the Executive Director of Civil Society Scaling Up Nutrition, Dr. Beatrice Eluaka appealed to the government at all levels to set standards 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 requires scaling up of priority to impact on nutrition-sensitive interventions and creating and enabling environment for improved nutrition focusing on the most vulnerable especially women, children, and internally displaced persons. These must be interventions that are achievable and sustainable to boost positive image of the country globally.”

Other stakeholders at the forum pledged to ensure that nutrition and security issues are at the front burner in their activities.

Florence Adewale/ Abuja

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