NIGERIAN GOVT APPROVES FIVE-YEAR PLAN ON REDUCTION OF HUNGER, MALNUTRITION

Written by on December 16, 2020

THE NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT HAS APPROVED A FIVE-YEAR NUTRITION ACTION PLAN THAT WOULD GUIDE THE IMPLEMENTATION OF INTERVENTIONS AND PROGRAMMES AIMED AT ADDRESSING THE PROBLEMS OF HUNGER AND MALNUTRITION IN THE COUNTRY.

THE NATIONAL COUNCIL ON NUTRITION HEADED BY VICE PRESIDENT YEMI OSINBAJO APPROVED THE ACTION PLAN TITLED: “THE NATIONAL MULTI-SECTORAL PLAN OF ACTION FOR FOOD AND NUTRITION (NMPFAN) 2021-2025,” AT ITS VIRTUAL MEETING HELD IN ABUJA.

THE SENIOR SPECIAL ASSISTANT TO THE VICE-PRESIDENT ON MEDIA AND PUBLICITY, LAOLU AKANDE, WHO DISCLOSED THIS IN A STATEMENT, SAID THE PROGRAMME WAS CONCEIVED BY THE GOVERNMENT TO IMPROVE THE WELLBEING OF CITIZENS.

ACCORDING TO HIM, THE COUNCIL MEMBERSHIP COMPRISED THE CHAIRMAN OF THE NIGERIAN GOVERNORS’ FORUM (NGF), THE MINISTERS OF HEALTH AND WATER RESOURCES, AS WELL AS THE MINISTER OF STATE FOR FINANCE, BUDGET AND NATIONAL PLANNING.

OTHERS ARE THE NUTRITION SOCIETY OF NIGERIA, DEVELOPMENT PARTNERS, ORGANISED PRIVATE SECTOR, CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANISATIONS AND THE FORMER EMIR OF KANO, SANUSI LAMIDO.

HE SAID THE PLAN IS TARGETED AT REDUCING THE PROPORTION OF PEOPLE WHO SUFFER MALNUTRITION BY 50 PERCENT, AND INCREASE EXCLUSIVE BREASTFEEDING RATE TO 65 PERCENT.


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