Namibia authorities confront malnutrition

Oshakati- Namibia (PANA) -- Oshana regional governor Clemens Kashuupulwa has conceded that under-nutrition was now a big threat to the lives of many Namibian children below the age of five.
Speaking at the launch of a Nutrition Training Project at the Oshakati Intermediate Hospital, Kashuupulwa said raising nutrition awareness in both urban and rural communities could reduce child deaths.
"To ensure a healthy nation in the future, it is necessary to prevent diseases related to under-nutrition among children," the governor said.
The Nutrition Training Project aims to improve the knowledge and skills of doctors and nurses.
Health sources said that 113 children died last year in the area from malnutrition that was blamed more on the ignorance of parents than a shortage in food supply.
Of the four northern regions, Ohangwena recorded the highest number of malnutrition-related child deaths (46), followed by Oshikoto (37), Oshana (18) and Omusati with 12 deaths.

05 august 2001 10:58:00

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