Five United Nations agencies have expressed worry over impending food crisis in Nigeria and other countries
They have also called for urgent action to protect the vulnerable children in Nigeria and 14 other countries worst hit by the food and nutrition crisis.
A press statement issued by the World Health Organisation on Thursday December 12, 2023 has noted that conflict, climate shocks, ongoing impacts of COVID-19 and rising costs of living are leaving an increasing number of children acutely malnourished while key health, nutrition and other life-saving services are becoming less accessible.
The statement read in part says “Currently, more than 30 million children in the 15 worst-affected countries suffer from wasting – or acute malnutrition – and eight million of these children are severely wasted, the deadliest form of undernutrition.
This is a major threat to children’s lives and their long-term health and development, the impacts of which are felt by individuals, their communities, and their countries.
The five UN agencies – the Food and Agriculture Organisation, the UN Refugee Agency, the United Nations Children’s Fund, the World Food Programme, and the World Health Organisation are therefore calling for accelerated progress on the Global Action Plan on Child Wasting.
Meanwhile, the Director General of WHO, Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus, has declared that “The global food crisis is also a health crisis, and a vicious cycle: malnutrition that leads to disease, and malnutrition.