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Amidst the disruption caused by COVID-19 across all sectors, Civil Society- Scaling Up Nutrition in Nigeria, CS-SUNN, has expressed displeasure over what they described as slow pace of government interventions geared towards better nutrition goals.
Executive Secretary, Beatrice Eluaka, at a one-day media roundtable on Micro-nutrient Deficiency Control in Nigeria a” stressed the need for better implementation and funding strategies.
Eluaka said a stronger political will and commitment on the part of government was required to deliver the gains of micronutrient-focused programmes in Lagos state and other states of the federation.
“We are not oblivious of strategies and guidelines put in place by Federal Government to address the burden of micronutrient deficiencies. The strategies include, Vitamin A supplementation, zinc supplementation, micronutrient powders, Iron-folic acid supplementation, nutrition education on Bio-fortified foods and the national guideline on micronutrient deficiency control.
She further called on the three tiers of government to evaluate various programmes addressing micronutrient deficiency to provide valuable insight on their progress and effectiveness as well as a roadmap on future priorities.
According to her, there was need to scale-up provision of basic package of nutrition services across Primary Health care centres in Nigeria.
‘Massive sensitisation, education and awareness creation will provoke behavioural changes that will promote optimal Infant and Young Child feeding practices in communities in Lagos is critical to combating the micronutrient deficiencies menace. This include early Initiation of breastfeeding, exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months of life and adequate complementary feeding.
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