The Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, has made the presentation to the council in his capacity as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Nutrition Society of Nigeria while titled his presentation “a Call for Action,” over twelve (12) million children are stunted in Nigeria, 2.6 million are wasted annually due to malnutrition,” and that Nigeria records the highest number of stunted children in Africa.
Presenting at the council chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, with membership drawn from Governors of the 36 states, the FCT Minister and Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria on Friday, took the decision on the problem of malnutrition in the country at its first meeting of the year 2020.
According to Sanusi, malnutrition accounts for 53% of deaths among children as high child mortality and stunting are linked to deficiencies in key micronutrients (vitamin A, Iron, Zinc and Calcium), macronutrients (Carbohydrates, Protein, Fats) and associated poor feeding practices, as well as overall nutritional status of the mother.
He stated that the burden of malnutrition which include stunting, under-weight, obesity and other diet related non-communicable diseases, can be treated. “65% of dietary energy supply is derived from Cereals, Roots and Fibres indicating low dietary diversity. basic causes of malnutrition are poverty, socio-cultural, economic and political environment”.
NEC appealed to States and Local Governments to deal with the problem by investing more in issues relating to malnutrition, adding that states should key into the World Bank sponsored programme on nutrition.
The National Economic Council (NEC) welcomed an urgent call from stakeholders to halt malnutrition and related issues in Nigeria.