The Federal Government has announced the launch of a National Multi-Sectoral Plan of Action on Nutrition to address issues of malnutrition in Nigeria.
This was disclosed by media aide to the President, Bashir Ahmad, on Thursday, after Vice President Yemi Osinbajo set up a technical advisory group to support the policy implementation. Bashir tweeted,
- “In the FG’s resolve to frontally address the problems of hunger and malnutrition in the country, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has set up an ad-hoc Technical Advisory Group to support the implementation of the 5-year National Multi-Sectoral Plan of Action on Nutrition (NMPAN).”
What you should know
- UNICEF reports that Nigeria has the second-highest burden of stunted children in the world, with a national prevalence rate of 32 percent of children under five.
- An estimated 2 million children in Nigeria suffer from severe acute malnutrition (SAM), but only two out of every 10 children affected are currently reached with treatment.