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Benue enriches malnutrition plagued minors

28 February 2014, 20:35

Benue -  than 80 000 children in Benue are poised to benefit from the state’s purchase of 1 million sachets of a local micro nutrient powder to fight malnutrition.

Bio-Organics Nutrient Systems Limited manufactures the micro-nutrient powder, called Enrich.

Benue State Commissioner of Health, Dr Orduen Abunku, said the micro-nutrient powder was purchased from the local company to fortify about 86 000 children between age of 6 months and 59 months. These are most prone to malnutrition.

Abunku, who testified to the efficacy of the powder in fighting malnutrition, said the state government opted for micro-nutrient powder for fortification of food for children in the state because they were prone to malnutrition.

He said the stock purchase by the state would last until May.

Commending the Benue State government for patronizing local good products, Chief Executive Officer of Bio-Organics Nutrients Systems Limited, Dr Kenny Acholonu, noted that most complementary and staple foods lacked sufficient amounts of vitamins and minerals required for optimal growth and development of children.

“We hereby congratulate the government of Benue State on this laudable initiative of being the first state in Nigeria to adopt MNP as a preventive health intervention for the children and mothers of this great state. Benue State has set a commendable platform for other states to emulate,” he said.

He said with the use of Enrich as part of their food, these essential micronutrients would be supplied in sufficient quantities.

Acholonu argued other state government and mother to adopt the power as part of their children supplements.

“We, therefore, want to use this opportunity to urge mothers to adopt MNP as part of their children’s feeding routine and use them according to the instructions of the health workers. Doing this diligently, will enhance the health, growth and development of the children, which will favourably complement the efforts of the state and all the stakeholders involved,” he said.

– CAJ News

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