The International Society of Media in Public Health (ISMPH) has decried the severe malnutrition in the country.
The group noted that as part of its efforts to tackle acute malnutrition in Nigeria, it has empowered 60 poor and vulnerable women.
With a particular focus on the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), ISMPH said its empowerment project is being implemented in two Local Government Areas namely Bwari and Kwali, noting that the initiative would attract the government’s attention and resource to solve the challenge of acute malnutrition in the FCT.
Addressing reporters at an event to launch the initiative in Abuja, Executive Director, ISMPH, Mrs Moji Makanjuola, said the project, which kicked off in November, aims at setting an agenda for sustainable empowerment of rural women, and also to amplify its intervention and best practices such as recycling and social inclusion.
Furthermore, Makanjuola explained, “In the past three or four years, we have been combing between seven and nine states, and the number of children that are severely malnourished is shocking. This is against the backdrop that we are not a country at war.
“In most cases, the mothers are helpless and hopeless about what they can administer to help their emaciating children.
“In some of these states, the husbands are not helping the situation; they see these children as commodities, hence they have two or more wives. Their thinking is that if a child dies, the wives will produce another.
“Many of the women complain of being poor. The question now is: what can we do to bring them out of poverty so that they can provide for their children? Many of the children become severely malnourished after their mothers wean them. After weaning, many of the women do not know the complementary feeding that should come.”
Also, she stressed the need for journalists to tell the unfortunate stories of malnutrition in the country, to push the government to intervene and change the narrative.
“Journalists, therefore, have a responsibility to tell these stories to change the narrative. I believe that the media in Nigeria can change the position of healthcare delivery services,” she added.
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