Kaduna Launches Policy, Strategic Plan on Nutrition

By Uangbaoje Alex, Kaduna

Kaduna State Government on Thursday launched an action plan and policy on Nutrition as part of measure address the deteriorating issues of malnutrition in the state.

Objective of the five-years Multi-Sectoral Strategic Plan of Action for Food and Nutrition, (KDMSPAN) and the Kaduna State Policy on Food And Nutrition, is to facilitate the attainment of optimal nutritional status for everyone in the State.

Governor Nasir El-Rufa’i, who was represented by the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Amina Baloni, at the launch explained that malnutrition is the impairment of health due to inadequate or imbalance of one or more nutrients.

el-Rufai, said the Action Plan set a modest, realistic and achievable goals and objectives, which will be the driving force behind all the actions and activities of Nutrition in the state.

He added that malnutrition has multifaceted causes and requires solutions that are multi disciplinary and multi-sectoral, cutting across various sectors including health, agriculture, education, science and technou, commerce and industry, information and communication and social development.

The Governor, therefore called for partnership with the private sector to bridge the state’s nutrition funding gap, “the private sector remains a critical stakeholder in this sector, though its potentials in this regard have not been fully tapped into. We should seize this opportunity to invite the private sector to join the nutrition community of practice and partner with the state to close the funding gap.”

The state Commissioner, Planning And Budget Commission, Thomas Gyang, expressed appreciation to Civil Society Scaling Up Nutrition in Nigeria (CS-SUNN) for making the event possible.

“I would also like to express my deepest gratitude to all our Development Partners for the continued support and, urge them not to relent in their efforts. I also hope that the launch of these documents today will lead to stronger partnerships, as we aim to make Kaduna State great again.” He added.

Project Manager, Civil Society Scaling-Up Nutrition in Nigeria (CS-SUNN), Okoronkwo Sunday, explained that the eight strategic objectives of KDMSPAN include improving food and nutrition security at the State, community, and household levels; to reduce undernutrition among infants and children under five, adolescents, and women of reproductive age; to significantly reduce micronutrient deficiency disorders, especially among the vulnerable groups; to ensure incorporation of nutrition education and promotion into formal and informal training.

Others are to promote optimum nutrition for people especially in difficult circumstances, including people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA); to prevent and control chronic nutrition-related non-communicable diseases; to incorporate food and nutrition considerations into the State and Local Government Areas sectoral development plans, and to strengthen systems for data management and early warning information on the food and nutrition situation.

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