A survey conducted by the ministries of health and women affairs and UNICEF shows that two out of three Nigerian children are not properly fed with the right nutrients to help them develop and grow well.
Speaking on the survey, ministry of health’s head of nutrition, Dr Chris Osa Isokpunwu said to be properly fed, children must eat the right types of food at the right number of times a day.
He said the 2013 National Demographic Health Survey revealed that every day Nigeria loses about 2300 under- five years old and 145 women of child bearing age.
He said this makes Nigeria the second country with the largest contributor to under- five and maternal mortality rate in the world.
He said children affected by malnutrition over a period of time might suffer from poor brain and body development, weakened the immune system, and worsen the impact of common illnesses such as diarrhoea.