The federal government has approved a five-year nutrition action plan that will help to reduce hunger and malnutrition across the country.
The proposal was approved by the National Council on Nutrition, which is chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, according to Vice President Laolu Akande’s spokesman.
Other members of the Council include but are not limited to the Chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum, the Minister of Health, the Minister of Water Resources, the Minister of State, Budget and National Planning, the Nigerian Nutrition Society, Development Partners, the Organized Private Sector, Civil Society Organisations, the former Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido.
The strategy would help to introduce initiatives and programmes in Nigeria to tackle the issues of hunger and malnutrition in all sectors.
The statement added;
The approved plan will reduce the proportion of people suffering from malnutrition by 50 percent; the exclusive breastfeeding rate will be increased to 65 percent, the statement said.
By scaling up priority high-impact nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive initiatives, it will also reduce the stunting rate among under-five-year-olds to 18 percent by 2025.
The plan recommends that strategies aimed at improving the nutritional status of Nigerians be adopted and implemented by tackling nutrition and stunting, among others.