Children in northern Ghana suffer malnutrition

Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- The Director-General of the Ghana Health Service (GHS) on Monday released another disturbing statistics about the undeveloped north of the country indicating that about 43 percent of children there are malnourished.
Agyeman Badu Akosa said children in the Northern, Upper East and Upper West Regions had a whopping 43 percent rate of malnaurishment as against the national average of 29.
3 percent.
The three northern regions are known for disturbing statistics in health, nutrition, education and other social facilities.
Nutrition, Badu Akosa said, is very crucial to the development of children, without which their growth and development could be severely impaired.
It is against this background that the GHS and the World Food Programme (WFP) in collaboration with other stakeholders have set up supplementary feeding centres in most of the deprived schools in the Upper East Region.
He urged parents to always ensure that their children are put on proper diet in order to avoid malnutrition.
They should also use only iodised salt in preparing food for their children since it enhances their mental and physical development.

09 january 2006 22:03:00




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