Health experts in Nasarawa state have called on the state government to take proactive steps towards addressing the high rate of malnutrition in the state.
They made the call in Lafia at a one week Intensive Training on Maternal Nutrition and Contraceptive Technology.
The workshop was organized for nurses and nutritionists in public and private health care centres across Nasarawa State to brainstorm on factors responsible for malnutrition in children and how to address them.
Lead Facilitator at the training Mrs Mercy Asso said malnutrition, if left unchecked, could hamper growth and development of the society.
Mrs Mercy Asso advocated for six months maternity leave for working class nursing mother’s to ensure adequate breast feeding of their baby.
Some participants at the workshop Mr Hanns Theophilus and Mrs Joyce Emmanuel described the workshop as unique in view of the focus on nutrition for children.
In a remark, Assistant Director, Nursing Services, Nasarawa State Ministry of Health Mr Alanana Kigbu said the state government was paying serious attention to issue of malnutrition among children.