Nigeria: Malnutrition Is The Biggest Threat To Child Survival In Northeast – UNICEF

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The United Nations Children’s Fund Maiduguri Chief Field Officer, Samuel Sesay has said that malnutrition is the biggest threat to child ‘survival and development’ in the Northeast.

Sesay raised the alarm Tuesday at a three-day Media Dialogue on Child Malnutrition Reporting in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital.

According to him, malnutrition is the underlying cause of about 50 percent of all deaths among children under five globally.

He therefore warned that malnutrition is currently the biggest threat to child ‘survival and development’ in insurgency affected states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe.

The 12-year insurgency has also killed 40,000 people with destroyed property worth $9.2 billion (N3.42 trillion) in the three affected states.

He lamented that the Households in the region are experiencing unprecedented levels of food crisis and hunger, adding that it mainly attributed malnutrition in the region to household food insecurity, poor infant and young child feeding and care practices.

Noting that poor feeding environment, hygiene, and health services have been identified as the underlying causes of under-nutrition in children.

He added that the destruction of basic infrastructure and services, climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic have contributed to the growing number of children affected by under-nutrition.

He insisted that ensuring good nutrition in children helps families and is a cheaper route to nation building.

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