MALNUTRITION: What Nigeria should do to attain SDGs

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…UNICEF says stunting, anemia, others must be adequately tackled

By Chioma Obinna

With Nigeria off track to attain the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs, by 2030, the United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF, says that to get back on track, there is a critical need for the country to accelerate progress for stunting and anemia, among other indicators.

Presently, statistics available from the 2018 national demographic survey show that Nigeria has 23,5 million anemic children, 12 million stunted, 3 million wasted, 17.7 million people hungry, and one million suffering from acute malnutrition, with an average annual rate of reduction for stunting of only 1.4 percent points per year.

UNICEF Nutrition Officer Nkeiru Enwelum, who spoke to Good Health Weekly in Port Harcourt, lamented that though Nigeria is off track with the SDG targets, the country is close to reaching targets for exclusive breast feeding and wasting.

According to Enwelum, the SDGs, especially Goal 2,…



Source: Vanguard Newspaper