By Mary Jalingo


With just 912 million US dollars allocated to nutrition interventions in Nigeria, the country can avert 890,000 cases of stunting in 5 years and save about 123,000 lives each year.
Project Manager, Civil Society Scaling-Up Nutrition in Nigeria (CS-SUNN)under the Partnership For Advocacy in Child and Family Health (PACFaH) Project, Mr. Sunday Okonrokwo stated this during a 3 Day Capacity Building and Field Visit with Health Reporters at Hotel Seventeen, Kaduna. 
Mr. Sunday Okonrokwo said apart from the fact that women and children were dying daily from preventable diseases, Nigeria was loosing nine million naira daily‎ for not investing in the National Strategic Plan of Action for Nutrition (NSPAN) 
He said some of the challenges faced by the country today may not be unconnected with the long term effects of malnutrition noting that the various allocations to the health sector from 2010-2017 both at National and state level‎ showed lack of priority to the sector.
He said it was disheartened to noted that almost all the countries that were part of the Abuja Declaration of 15 percent allocation of the total budget to the health sector‎ have surpassed the percentage except Nigeria who is still between 4-6 perecent with the highest allocation of 5.95 percent in 2012.
He said since the ‎National Health Act was passed in 2014 where it was agreed that 1 percent allocation from the consolidated fund should be allocated to the health sector, two years after, not a penny has do far being released..
‎He commended the government of Niger, Kaduna and Nasarawa for an improved allocation to the health sector in their various states and called for timely release of the allocated fund which he noted would go a long in reducing the rate at which women and children especially under 5 die in Nigeria.