Nigeria Has 2.5 Million Severely Malnourished Children
Médecins Sans Frontières, MSF some weeks ago, released photographs, showing malnourished persons in the Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, camps in Borno State. According to the MSF, at least 30 persons die every day in the camps.
Malnutrition, like in any African country, has been a concern for policy makers and government partners.
Nigeria currently has a lot of malnourished children. We have not less than 13,000 children suffering from stunting, a chronic malnutrition as a result of long term effect of nutritional and other health challenges.
This is so huge compared to other African countries. Another nutritional challenge we have in Nigeria is severe acute malnutrition, SAM. In other words, children who are severely malnourished stand the chance of dying. They are nine times likely to die if not treated.
We have currently above 2.5 million children under five years suffering severe malnutrition and majority of the children are in northern Nigeria where the severity is very high and some states have over 50 percent of children who are stunted and quite a number of them who are wasted, which is also severe acute malnutrition.