Is Malnutrition the Major Cause Of Children’s Death?
United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has revealed that malnutrition accounts for Over 50 per cent of under-five mortality of children and women in Nigeria especially in the Northern part of the country.
Presenting a paper titled: “Nutrition Situation in Northern Nigeria with Emphasis on Kaduna State,” at a one day interactive meeting with media chief executives on nutrition co-hosted by Kaduna State Media Corporation (KSMC) and UNICEF, Dr. Florence Oni, a UNICEF Nutrition Specialist who was represented by Susan Adeyemi, said the North-west has 53 per cent malnutrition prevalence according to 2014 Multiple Indicator Cluster Surrey (MICS).
She further disclosed that millions of children die from preventable causes and that every minute eight children under five years die and two out of the eight are newborn.
She explained that malnutrition leads to stunting in child’s growth and that a stunted child has stunted mental capacity and such child will operate at sub-optimal level-less Intelligence Quo.
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