NGOs urged to help curb malnutrition in Nigerian children

Gloria Essien, Abuja

A non-governmental organization, Save the Children, has called on other NGOs and developed countries of the world to join in curbing malnutrition amongst children in the north eastern part of Nigeria.

The Chief Executive of Save the Children in the United Kingdom, Mr. Kevin Watkins, who visited Nigeria, made the appeal at a media briefing in Abuja.

Mr. Watkins noted that Save the Children is stepping up in its response to address the issues of abuse and other challenges against children which will prevent more children from dying in the future.

He said “whatever language you speak, whichever country you live in, whatever your faith happens to be, we all understand that when children are suffering, we all have a responsibility to come together to make a difference.”

He praised Nigeria and its citizens on their resilient spirits, “Nigeria is an amazing country. Nigerians are extraordinary people. There is so much life and energy in the country. This is a wonderful thing. I have been to Borno state, where I see the other side of Nigeria where people are desperately in need of aids. This is why we at Save the Children are committed to work with our Nigerian partners in Borno and other crisis affected areas in Nigeria.”

Mr. Watkins also said that only one third of humanitarian appeal of Nigeria is being funded.

He added that over one point four million Nigerians are displaced in the north eastern part of Nigeria amongst which are over four Hundred thousand children, who are presented with symptoms of malnutrition, malaria and other childhood diseases.

The Nigeria’s Representative of Save the Children, Mr. Ben Foot, said that the organization is working on making sure that more children return back to school in the nearest future.

“Following years of insurgency in north eastern Nigeria, millions of children are left malnourished and out of schools,” Foot said.

Mr. Foot also said “the organization will continue to take care of the people, particularly the children.”

Save the Children is an international non-governmental organization that works in the area of children health especially malnutrition, sanitation, education, HIV and child protection.

It is currently working in Borno, Gombe and other crisis states.