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Sanwo-Olu’s wife calls for prompt approval of Lagos Nutrition Policies

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By Oluwafunke Ishola

The wife of Lagos State Governor Dr Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu called for the prompt approval and implementation of the state’s food and nutrition policy and plan for multisectoral action on nutrition.

Sanwo-Olu made the call during a nutrition policy dialogue in Lagos.

The dialogue was organized by civil society Scaling Up Nutrition (CS-SUNN) and the Economic Planning and Budget Committee of the Lagos State Ministry of Economic Planning for Food and Nutrition.

The theme of the event was: “Exploring innovative alliances in nutrition policy for a healthier Lagos.”

Sanwo-Olu, represented by Dr Cecilia Mabogunje, medical director of Massey Children’s Hospital in Lagos, said the two documents are currently awaiting approval from the state’s Executive Council.

She said: “I totally agree with the action plan in the documents as it rightly creates a comprehensive framework that addresses the challenges of malnutrition in the state.

“The policy envisions a state where citizens enjoy adequate food and nutrition with a high quality of life and socio-economic development, contributing to the state’s human capital development goals through its development plan by 2025. “

Sanwo-Olu said a UNICEF report showed Nigeria has the second highest burden of stunted children in the world, with a national prevalence of 32% for children under five. .

She said about two million children in Nigeria suffered from acute malnutrition, adding that only two of the 10 malnourished children were currently being treated.

The governor’s wife said 7% of women of childbearing age also suffered from acute malnutrition.

“It is clear that any nation gripped by malnutrition would find it difficult to emerge from poverty and sustained economic development.

“This is why the objective of the Lagos State Food and Nutrition Plan is to achieve optimal nutritional status for all residents, with particular emphasis on vulnerable groups such as children, adolescents, women, the elderly and groups with nutritional needs is a step in the right direction. Sanwo-Olu said.

According to her, the success of the school feeding program in the state makes me happy to see that the state is improving the nutritional status of students in order to improve mental abilities and school attendance.

Sanwo-Olu said that to strengthen food security, the state must ensure efficient technology and storage facilities.

She said the lack of storage facilities and basic preservative techniques were among the household-level obstacles affecting food security and malnutrition.

“These and more are essential to maintain momentum and build on the achievements we have made on food and nutrition policy,” said the governor’s wife.

She commended the organizers for their efforts in crafting a speech that would propel viable solutions and stimulate synergies and actions to end the scourge of malnutrition in Lagos and Nigeria.

Sanwo-Olu added that CS-SUNN’s vision aligns with the state government’s agenda to improve the nutritional status of its citizens.

In addition, Ms. Simisola Otuyalo, director at the State Ministry of Economic Planning and Budget, said malnutrition remains a major health problem in the state.

Otuyalo said that malnutrition negatively impacts the well-being of citizens, depletes the state’s human resources, thus hampering adequate economic development.

She said the state’s food and nutrition policy focuses on six thematic areas.

According to her, these are food and nutritional security; strengthening the capacity for health care delivery and improving the delivery of quality health services.

Others improve the ability to cope with food and nutrition insecurity issues; awareness and understanding of the problem of malnutrition in Nigeria and allocation of resources to food and nutrition at all levels.

Commenting, Ms. Beatrice Eluaka, Executive Secretary of CS-SUNN, said the company has been at the forefront of advocacy for good health, reduction of malnutrition and accountability and empowerment. implementing nutrition policies and plans in Nigeria.

Eluaka said the organization is currently implementing the Nigeria Nutrition Systems Improvement Partnership (PINN) project.

She said the project was designed to strengthen Nigeria’s nutrition systems to be more results-oriented, efficient, usable, efficient and transparent (RESET). (NOPE)

(NAN)

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