One of the authorities of Kano Emirate Council Committee on Health and Human Development, Dr Dayyabu Muhammad, has revealed that poor diet is the major reason among others why about 800,000 children of age 6 to 59 months are having undergrowth in Kano State.
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Speaking from a statistics derived from a recent baseline survey, which was conducted by United Nations Children’s Fund at a one-day meeting organised by KECCoHD in partnership with UNICEF in Bichi, Muhammad said that work is going on to ensure that 25,075 mothers are equipped to give proper care to their children.
The effort is targeting children of 6-23 months in Bichi and Sumaila LGA where parents will be thought improving dietary diversity.
Speaking at the meeting, the UNICEF Chief of Kano branch, Maulid Warfa, revealed that the dietary diversity initiative was a well calculated move by the organization to improve the feeding condition of children from 6 to 23 months, which is likely to follow a successful exclusive breastfeeding program.
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Warfa further stated that the decision to carryout the project that is aimed to improve poor diet in Bichi and Sumaila followed a critical result of a scientific survey that was done. The result made it impossible to start the project elsewhere other than the two local government areas.