CS-SUNN PARTNERS LAGOS GOVERNMENT TO INAUGURATE FIRST LAGOS-GCFN

THE CIVIL SOCIETY SCALING-UP NUTRITION IN NIGERIA (CS-SUNN}  IN PARTNERSHIP WITH LAGOS STATE GOVERNMENT HAS INAUGURATED THE FIRST LAGOS STATE LOCAL GOVERNMENT COMMITTEE ON FOOD AND NUTRITION (LAGOS-GCFN).

THIS IS COUPLED WITH  THE FORMAL INAUGURATION OF THE BASIC HEALTH CARE PROVISION WORK PLAN BUSINESS CASE DEVELOPMENT FOR THE LAGOS STATE GOVERNMENT AT THE ORILE-AGEGE LCDA.

 THE EVENT WAS HELD AT THE GOLFVIEW HOTEL, HOTEL IKEJA GRA, LAGOS.

EXECUTIVE SECRETARY OF (CS-SUNN), SUNDAY OKORONKWO REVEALED THAT THE CITING OF THE COMMITTEE AT THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT LEVEL IS IN LINE WITH THE FRAMEWORK OF THE NATIONAL POLICY ON FOOD AND NUTRITION, THE STRUCTURES OF WHICH EXIST AT THE NATIONAL, STATES, LOCAL GOVERNMENTS AND IN THE WARD COMMITTEE LEVELS.

THE SCRIBE SAID THE FORMAL INAUGURATION WILL CONTRIBUTE TO THE PROVISION OF OPTIMAL NUTRITION AS WELL AS ERADICATE MALNUTRITION AMONGST CITIZENS, ESPECIALLY AT THE GRASSROOTS LEVEL.

HE STRESSED THAT THE ESSENCE OF HAVING THE PROJECT AT THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT LEVEL IS OWING TO THE FACT THAT NUTRITION IS A MULTI- SECTORAL ISSUE.

 HIS WORDS  “WE ALL HAVE TO CONTRIBUTE OUR DIFFERENT QUOTAS. THIS COMMITTEE IS THE COMING TOGETHER OF OFFICERS FROM DIFFERENT MINISTRIES, DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES (MDAS) AT THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT LEVEL TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE PROVISION OF OPTIMAL NUTRITION AND THE ERADICATION OF MALNUTRITION AT THE GRASSROOTS LEVEL.”

 HE HOWEVER  NOTED THAT THE COMMITTEE IN ORILE- AGEGE LCDA IS A PILOT.

IN THE SAME VEIN, THE PERM SECRETARY AT THE LAGOS STATE MINISTRY OF HEALTH, DOCTOR OLUSEGUN OGBOYE WHILE CONGRATULATING THE  MEMBERS OF THE NEWLY INAUGURATED COMMITTEE URGED THEM TO BE DILIGENT TO ENSURE THE PROJECT MAKES PROGRESS.

HE CAUTIONED THEM AGAINST ALLOWING THE PROLECT TO BECOME MORIBUND LIKE SEVERAL GOVERNMENT PROJECTS THAT HAVE BECOME EXTINCT.

OGBOYE WAS HOWEVER REPRESENTED BY OLUBUNMI BRAHEEM, LAGOS STATE NUTRITION OFFICER.

WHILE SAYING THAT STUNTING IS IRREVERSIBLE, HE LAMENTED THAT 17.3 PER CENT OF CHILDREN IN LAGOS ARE STUNTED AND THIS ACCOUNTS FOR MORE THAN FIVE MILLION CHILDREN THAT ARE STUNTED IN THE STATE, ALTHOUGH THE CHILDREN WOULD USUALLY LOOK NORMAL GOING AROUND.

HE NOTED THAT WHEN A CHILD IS STUNTED FOR A YEAR, IT WILL REFLECT IN A  PERMANENT DAMAGE TO THE BRAIN.

HE SAID LAGOS GOVERNMENT IS TRYING TO GET THE RIGHT NUTRITION FOR CHILDREN BEFORE THEY GET TO TWO YEARS.

ACCORDING TO HIM, THE MOVE IS TO ENSURE THAT THE STATE REDUCES THE RATE OF STUNTING BY 10 PER CENT BY 2025, WHILE ASSERTING THAT THE  STATE GOVERNMENT WANTS TO ATTAIN THE HIGHEST STANDARD OF HEALTH FOR ALL, NOT ONLY CHILDREN ALONE.

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