LAGOS GOVERNMENT PARTNERS CS-SUNN, NUTRITION PARTNERS TO REDUCE MALNUTRITION INDICIES

LAGOS GOVERNMENT PARTNERS CS-SUNN, NUTRITION PARTNERS TO REDUCE MALNUTRITION INDICIES

The Lagos State Government has expressed its readiness to work with nutrition partners to reduce the malnutrition indices in the state. Mrs Yewande Falugba, the Permanent Secretary in the state Ministry of Youth and Social Development, said this during an advocacy visit by the CS-SUNN to the ministry. 

The Lagos State Government has expressed its readiness to work with nutrition partners to reduce the malnutrition indices in the state. Mrs Yewande Falugba, the Permanent Secretary in the state Ministry of Youth and Social Development, said this during an advocacy visit by the CS-SUNN to the ministry. 

She said that enhancing nutrition, among children, women and the elderly, was crucial to the government, adding that the ministry would set up a committee to work on improving nutrition among the groups listed above. According to her, Lagos state has various homes being overseen by the ministry, adding that nutritionists were employed to ensure that meals with nutritional benefits were served in those homes. “Babies in orphanages cannot be breastfed but there are alternatives to ensure that they get the required nutritional benefits,’’ she said. 

Earlier, Beatrice Eluaka, the Executive Secretary, CS-SUNN, commended the state government for approving nutrition budget lines across key line ministries in the state’s 2020 budget. She urged the state to take urgent steps to reduce its malnutrition indices. She also called for cash backing and timely release of funds to facilitate the full implementation of the State Multi-Sectoral Plan of Action for Nutrition. 

In a related development, The Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of Local Government and Community Affairs, Dr. Taiwo Olufemi Salam, has assured of the readiness of his office to partner CS-SUNN at local levels of governance in addressing malnutrition.Dr. Salam gave this assurance during an advocacy visit to his office by CS-SUNN led by Executive Secretary, Beatrice Eluaka. He pledged to ensure active participation of Local Government Chairmen across the state during a proposed sensitization nutrition workshop. The workshop, he said, is crucial to championing and disseminating accurate nutrition information down to the grassroots.
He also advised CS-SUNN to make pamphlets available as part of the programming to deepen the understanding of participants, especially those who make laws at the local levels..


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