Time to curb child malnutrition in Borno
One of the basic units of every society and sought by every nation for its development is a productive child who is also considered by many as a jewel. However, many developing countries, especially Nigeria, have a poor nutritional management system which results in malnutrition.
Malnutrition is a long term and deadly threat to children. It is an impairment of health due to deficiency, excess or imbalance of nutrients that can handicap physiological processes and evidenced by changes that can be detected by clinical tests. Malnutrition happens as a result of under nutrition, in other word, under consumption of food and poor utilisation of nutrients in food.
This often leads to starvation which is extreme under-nutrition so also over nutrition characterised by over-consumption of food of one or more of nutrients commonly referred to the excessive intake of potential energy but maybe used to indicate excess dietary sugar, fat, vitamins or minerals.
Eating exclusively one particular food without any other due to lack of proper nutritional education or from having access to a single food source greatly contributes to this.
Mothers, especially pregnant women, breast feeding mothers and the nation’s jewel, children between the ages of three months to five years are seen as the ones that are at the risk of being affected by the development.'
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