$144m Required To Treat Child Malnutrition in Nigeria —UNICEF

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The Northeast region of Nigeria is ravaged by food shortages and the level of malnutrition among young persons in Nigeria is on the high rate.

The Internally Displace Persons (IDPs) in the country suffers good food, proper health hygiene and food shortage in the country to cater for the impecunious people in the country is high on the increase.

In the capital city of Yola in Adamawa State, Nigeria, at a 2-day Media Dialogue, with the special theme, Investing in Child Malnutrition for the Future, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Nutrition Specialist, Mrs. Philomena Irene, while addressing participants threw light on that $5 was needed to prevent malnutrition, while $72 could conveniently treat a malnourished child.

Mrs. Philomena Irene further quoted that “Population of Nigerian children that is sick is more than the population of some countries.”

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) disclosed that more than 144 million US Dollar was required to treat two million children suffering from acute malnutrition in Nigeria.

That 2.5 million children who needed treatment for malnutrition, only about 500 were treated, leaving two million untreated due to paucity of funds.

That current statistics of patients suffering from malnutrition in Nigeria, clear shown that malnutrition is on the high rate in the Northern region of Nigeria, while malnutrition patients exist in the nooks and crannies of Nigeria.

Some of the participants also urged the state and federal government of Nigeria to engage in massive food production to cater for its people.

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