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Aisha Buhari Launches Project To Combat Children Malnutrition, Call For Support

Posted: Jul 24, 2016 at 4:07 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Chioma Umeha

Lagos-Worried by the high death rate of malnourished children in the country, the wife of the president, Hajiya Aisha Buhari, has launched a quick interventionist programme named: “Get Involved,” to prevent annual death of thousands of malnourished Nigerian children.
The programme, she launched weekend, at the State House, is a major component of her “Future Assured,” pet project which encompasses healthcare delivery, education among other issues concerning Nigerian women and children.
Announcing the take-off of ‘Get Involved’, Buhari called for the active participation and support of a broad spectrum of Nigerians and organisations, especially the organised private sector, development partners, relevant united nation agencies and non-governmental organisations.
She explained that with the participation of these bodies, the new initiative will help to combat the alarming endemic problem of malnutrition of children at Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps in the country.
Over 2.5 million chil­dren in Nigeria suffer from acute malnutri­tion, with 20 per cent of them at the risk of imminent death unless there is urgent intervention, according to United Nations Children Education Fund (UNICEF).
In view of this, Mrs. Buhari said the situation was highly unacceptable and must be reversed.
She therefore appealed to all well-meaning Nigerians and organisations to rise up to the challenge and support the programme in order to eradicate completely this ugly trend.