Kwara reaffirms commitment to nutritional health of infants, pregnant women

By Tunde Akanbi, Ilorin

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The Kwara State Government, North Central Nigeria has reaffirmed commitment towards enhancing an improved nutritional health among infants and pregnant women, being a crucial step towards reducing maternal mortality.

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The Commissioner for Health, Dr. Amina El-Imam, gave this assurance at the opening ceremony of a 5 day Training of Trainers workshop, on  Maternal Infant Young Child Nutrition (MIYCN), held at Fresh hotel Fate road  Ilorin.

Dr. El-Imam highlighted the critical importance of adequate nutrition, throughout pregnancy, infancy and early childhood, underscoring, its profound impact on child development and national well-being.

She noted that malnutrition-related deaths constitutes a significant portion of infant and maternal mortality nationwide, a statistic she deemed unacceptable.

The training, organized jointly by the Federal Ministry of Health, Social Welfare (FMoHSW), Kwara State Ministry of Health and supported by the World Bank’s ANRiN project, is aimed at expanding the pool of trainers, capable of cascading trainings to health facilities across the state.

In his remarks, the Director of Public Health, Kwara State Ministry of Health,  Dr. Oluwatosin Fakayode,  corroborated the report, describing current levels of infant and maternal mortality as intolerable and unacceptable.

He emphasized the fact that, addressing under nutrition is pivotal in lowering mortality rates among mothers and children under age five.

“Increasing the knowledge based of healthcare workers and enhancing the nutritional practices of mothers, pregnant women and adolescent girls are central to improving dietary diversity and quality. This approach is crucial in mitigating malnutrition related risks and reducing under 5 mortality,” he added.

The workshop was attended by participants from various sectors including; healthcare providers, academics and civil organizations.

 

 

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