The Civil Society Scaling-Up Nutrition in Nigeria (CS—SUNN), has urged the three tiers of government in the country to make certain adequate budgetary allocations on nutrition activities, reports NaijaAgroNet.
A communiqué issued at end of a 3-day workshop , the Civil Society Organisation (CSO) called on government to ensure adequate and prompt release of the nutrition budgets in order to facilitate necessary provisions for the treatment of drugs for the handling of malnutrition issues ravaging children under 5 years old.
The workshop with the theme; “the journalists’ role in ensuring transparency and accountability in allocation and use of health/ nutrition funds in Nigeria”, was aimed at building the capacity of media practitioners in reporting issues of nutrition
Endorsed by Salihu Mohammed Alkali and Priscilla Dennis, chairman and secretary of the Communique Committee, respectively, described as unacceptable, the record of over 2000 of children under 5 dying daily as a result of cases of malnutrition.
Participants also decried the daily 145 maternal death as a result of malnutrition, recognising nutrition as multi sectoral issue admonishing all hands on deck to be able to tackle the menace.
Participants noted that preventing malnutrition is better and more cost effective than curing the problem, regretting that any malnourished child will be resistant to immunisation.
They further urged media to promptly and adequately report malnutrition cases in order to effectively tackle the problem.
The workshop was organised by CS– SUNN in collaboration with Partnership for Improving Nigeria Nutrition Systems, PINNS.
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