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361,000 children die annually of malnutrition in Nigeria, UNICEF affirms

The 2016 UNICEF Glob­al Nutrition Report says 361,000 children in Ni­geria die annually from malnutrition with a total of 2.1 million others cur­rently diagnosed as suffer­ing from malnutrition.

The figures, according to the report, placed the country second in global ranking of prevalence of stunting and wasting, af­ter India.

Jigawa State has the highest prevalence rate followed by Katsina State.

The Executive Direc­tor of Civil Society Leg­islative Advocacy Centre, Malam AUWAL IBRAHIM MUSA RAFSANJANI, presented the report during a meeting with Governor AMINU BELLO MASARI at the Katsina State Govern­ment House.

 RAFSANJANI noted that Katsina was among the states in Nigeria with less than 10 per cent ex­clusive breastfeeding practice while 11 other states including Abuja have a total record of one million seven hundred thousand malnourished children.

The states are Bauchi, Gombe, Jigawa, Kano, Kebbi, Sokoto, Zamfara, Adamawa, Yobe and Bor­no.

 

 

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