NGO, finance ministry train journalists on nutrition reporting

Save the Children International, Nigeria, a non-governmental organisation (NGO) in partnership with Federal Ministry Finance, Budget and Planning on Wednesday trained journalists on

sensitization and building on nutrition reporting and media coverage in Nigeria.

The training which was held in Abuja is to commemorate the Nutrition Week.

According to the Director Department, Ministry of Finance , Budget and National Planning , Abdulkadir Sa’adu the ministry in with Nutrition and Society of Nigeria (NSN) and relevant nutrition since 2016 have been organising nutrition week in order to encourage healthy living through nutrition and creating public awareness.

He said the week is also a national platform to address nutrition issues affecting young children, adolescents, adults and elderly as well as nutrition in emergency situation.

According to him, at the end of the training, the media will acquire new knowledge on nutrition, disseminate correct nutrition information to the public as well as become nutrition champions.

In a paper , a consultant from the Ministry of , Mrs Thompson Kobata Chimay identified two major forms of under nutrition assault on the Nigerian child.

She said some of the assaults are Acute Malnutrition or wasting child in 100 thin, low weight compared to height.

She also identified chronic malnutrition on stunting whereby the child has low height compared to age.

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