By Mary Jalingo

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‎Nigeria as one of the country with  the highest burden of malnutrition in Africa and globally need to invest more resources in community mobilisation and sensitization.
Project Director, Civil Society Scaling-Up Nutrition in Nigeria (CS-SUNN), Mrs. Beatrice Eluaka stated this during a 3 -Day Capacity Building and Field Visit with Health Editors/Senior Reporters on Health/Nutrition Challenges and Funding Gaps held at Hotel Seventeen, Kaduna. 
Mrs. Beatrice Eluaka said Malnurished children have an increase risk of disability , premature death and are highly predisposed to infectious diseases which she noted affect their physical and mental development. 
She said the main indicators for measuring malnutrition was stunting, wasting, under-weight and over-weight which she added was rapidly becoming a major nutritional problem in nigeria.
The project Director said no single food apart from breast milk provides all the nutrients in the right amount for children and urged mothers to adequately breastfeed their babies as malnutrition was very expensive to manage.
Also speaking, the Niger State Nutrition Officer, Hajiya Amina Isah said in the state 409,993 children were stunted, meaning that these children are too short for their age which is as a result of chronic or long term under- nutrition, 65,815 children wasted , meaning the children were too tin for their height and 186,655 children are underweight making the state to move from a medium burden state to a high burden state.
Hajiya Amina Isah said malnutrition which was a direct result of insufficient food intake, repeated infectious diseases and inadequate care practice can result to increase risk to illness and death. 
 
She said malnutrition which manifest when the harm was already done was preventable and called for political will by government at various level in order to eradicate malnutrition.

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