By Michael Adesanya/Abeokuta
Ogun State Commissioner of Information and Strategy, Otunba Dayo Adeneye has charged the media to be an advocate of balance feeding, in order to reduce malnutrition that cause stunting in children.
He spoke while declaring open the Media Dialogue on Child Nutrition in South West, Nigeria organised by Ogun State government in collaboration with United Nations Children Fund, held at Kakanfo Hotel, Ibadan.
Adeneye said that the purpose of the gathering was not only to discuss how to overcome the nutritional challenges confronting the country but also its development.
His words: “Proper nutrition is germane for growth which inadvertently determines the outcome of our life expectancy and the development of the society”
Adeneye disclosed that nutrition is a complex issue that requires the participation and involvement of stake holders at all levels especially now that Nigeria is in critical stage of malnutrition.
He stated “It quite alarming to note that a large percentage of the youth children in Nigeria is micro-nutrient deficient while some even suffer from over-nourishment otherwise call obesity”
The Commissioner added that Nigerians’ nutrition intake has yet to increase for the past 10 years and those affected most were vulnerable in the society which are under five who have no voice and are looking up to the media for solution to their problems
“37% of children in Nigeria, representing six million children, are long time stunted,” he said.
While commending the efforts of Governor Ibikunle Amosun in efficient health care delivery in Ogun State, the commissioner mentioned some of the achievement to include launching and continuous sustenance of community Based Health Insurance Scheme, “ARAYA” and “GBOMORO”.
The scheme, which was setup to cater for the vulnerable, Infant and Young Child, is available in all the primary health care centers across the state.