UNICEF charges Osun on child malnutrition
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has urged Osun State government to address child malnutrition among children under the age of five.
It enjoined the state government to extend its school feeding programme to cover children below three years.
UNICEF Nutrition Specialist, Mrs Ada Ezeogu, decried the current malnutrition level in the state. She revealed that 195, 245 children under five years are stunted in Osun as a result of malnutrition.
While praising Osun State Governor Rauf Aregbesola for the school feeding programme in the state, she advised that the figure generated from National Nutrition and Health Survey 2015 could be reduced if the early child care centres are included in the programme.
Ezeogu, who was a facilitator at a two-day media parley on child malnutrition with the theme Good Nutrition, Invest More in Ibadan, Oyo State, disclosed that over 50 per cent of infant death in the country occur as a result of malnutrition, urging the government to take proactive steps in addressing the current situation.