Child malnutrition worsening in Cameroon

Douala, Cameroon (PANA) - The rate of child malnutrition in Cameroon rose from 24 to 33 per cent between 1991 and 2011.

This was revealed during a workshop holding in Douala and being attended by representatives of various Non Government Organizations (NGOs) and public servants to discuss ways of improving nutrition among children in Cameroon.

According to Georges Okala, nutrition specialist with Cameroon's Ministry of Health, three of 10 children suffer from malnutrition in Cameroon.

"The country loses 4 billion FCFA each year in fighting against malnutrition. This is very huge and it deserves appropriate solutions.

"The current situation of growing crisis in the Sahel region, with cholera and measles raging in Cameroon for years, as well as the deterioration of the nutritional environment, are at the consequences of malnutrition," he said.

Malnutrition is described as a real public health issue in Cameroon which, if not controlled, would make it difficult for the country to overcome poverty.

According to UNICEF statistics, Cameroon has 7 percent of malnutrition cases in Africa.
-0- PANA NNM/JSG/TWA/SEG 19Dec2013

19 décembre 2013 10:02:26

xhtml CSS