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Borno concern at malnutrition, polio surge

24 September 2013, 09:30Augustine Osayande

Abuja - The United Nations Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF), which raised concern at the prevalence of polio and malnutrition in the country, blamed poverty and ignorance for the surge.

Speaking in Maiduguri, UNICEF Country Representative, Jean Gough, said about 1 million minors suffering from the setbacks.

The country representative said the UN agency was ready to assist in tackling the challenges.

She added that the agency will continue to provide funds for humanitarian and development assistance to children and mothers in developing nations.

"UNICEF is out to support what government is doing especially in primary health care, children nutrition and eradication of polio. We will provide information to women on nutrition because we found out that lack of information was responsible for the increase in the cases of malnutrition,” Gough said.

Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, also expressed his government’s worries at the high rate of malnutrition and poverty in the region.

He said the state had introduced feeding system in its schools to ensure each student had access to quality food.

Borno, he added, spends N20 million (US$120 000) monthly on such initiatives.

He assured that the government in Borno would partner with UNICEF to eradicate polio and malnutrition as well as improving primary health care.

A virus causes polio while malnutrition results from eating a diet lacking some nutrients.

- CAJ News


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