Samuel Awoyinfa, Abeokuta
A Paediatric consultant and head of the Paediatric Department of the Federal Medical Centre, Idi-Aba, Abeokuta, Dr Monsura Ogundeyi, has described malnutrition as the cause of most deaths recorded among children under the age of five in Nigeria.
She said this on Thursday at the end of a two-day nutrition academy organised by the Nestle Nutrition Institute of Africa at the Nigeria Medical Association, Ogun State Council Secretariat in Abeokuta.
Ogundeyi said, “Malnutrition does not only affect the health of the child, but it also affects the economic status of the family and the nation as a whole
“A malnourished child will be unable to grow well physically. Such a child will also suffer cognitive impairment and become unable to reason and think properly.
“When a child grows with malnutrition, he will be unable to attend school properly. This will affect his level of education of the child and thereby, increase the level of illiteracy in the country.”
The Chief Nursing Officer in the department urged parents and caregivers to provide healthy, adequate and nutritious meals for their children.
She said, “They don’t have to spend too much money in order to provide balanced diets. All they have to do is to make the meals in a way that they will not lose their micro- nutrients.”
The coordinator of the NNIA programme, Mrs Ema Nwachukwu, said the organisation created the platform so as to put an end to malnutrition and create a healthy generation of children. She said the organisation partnered with Ogun State Ministry of Health in order to conduct the programme properly.
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