Health experts are raising alarm over the pervasive issue of malnutrition in Northeastern Nigeria, emphasising the need for immediate attention and intervention.
The region, grappling with the enduring consequences of conflict and displacement, is witnessing distressing levels of malnutrition, particularly among children and vulnerable populations.
Dr. Kelechi Okoro, Head of the Health Desk at News Central, highlighted the dire consequences of malnutrition, which encompass reduced immunity, stunted growth, diminished IQ, inadequate bodily development, and more.
She further pointed out that some children may experience “organ damage and muscle wasting” as severe outcomes of malnutrition, emphasising its prevalence among children under the age of 5 and pregnant or lactating women residing in IDP camps. Morbidity and mortality are regrettably common repercussions of this crisis.”
The Doctor added that for displaced persons, eating locally, growing locally and fortifying food is essential. For more, watch: