The minister of Health, Prof Isaac Adewole, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Yakubu Dogara, and development partners in the health sector yesterday urged the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory, to increase funding for nutrition of children under the age of five years.

This is just as Dogara called for urgent steps to address malnutrition in Nigeria to reduce the alarming rate of maternal and child deaths recorded on its account, as well as the economic loss of US$1.5 billion. The minister in his address during the opening ceremony of a two day National Conference on Promoting Maternal and Child Health Nutrition in Nigeria, expressed optimism that with political will, commitment of technical experts and robust implementation of programmes, the nutrition narrative of Nigeria will change for the better. Represented by the director of Family Health in the Ministry, Mrs. Adebimpe Adebiyi, the minister noted that beyond reducing mortality rate, the benefits of investigating in nutrition are enormous. He, however, hinted that the ministry is preparing a national nutrition project which will be financed with approximately $350 million from the World Bank, to enable the implementation of National Strategic Plan of Action for Nutrition.

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