A civil society group, Civil Society- Scaling Up Nutrition in Nigeria (CS-SUNN), concerned with raising awareness on the need to improve nutrition to maintain healthy living in Nigeria, has indicated preparedness to establish nutrition clubs in Enugu State schools.
The state coordinator, CS-SUNN, Dr. Chuka Agunwa, who disclosed this recently at a one-day media engagement programme on nutrition advocacy, maternity protection and malnutrition awareness, said there was a need for children to be taught the importance of adequate nutrition from their youth.
Dr. Agunwa said that to kickstart the program, the society would set up the nutrition clubs in five public secondary schools in different local governments. According to him, lack of adequate nutrition was the cause of most deaths in the society.
“Malnutrition causes most deaths and sicknesses people suffer today,” Agunwa said. “Malnutrition is widespread, with 43 per cent of children under the age of five years being underweight, and 48 per cent being stunted.”
He stated: “More than 20 percent of children under the age of five years are wasted. Furthermore, micronutrient deficiencies are pervasive, where an alarming 70 per cent of children aged between six months and 59 months are anemic, and protein deficiency and iodine deficiency disorders affect the majority of rural households.”