The Minister of Well being, Dr Osagie Ehanire, has mentioned native manufacturing of diet commodities like Able to Use Therapeutic Meals (RUTF) and micronutrient powder will enhance the nation’s Gross Home product (GDP) and sort out the burden of malnutrition.
Dr Ehanire acknowledged this in Abuja throughout a consultative assembly with native producers of diet commodities organised by Future Assured in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Well being, UNICEF and different companions.
Malnutrition is a well being situation ensuing from consuming food regimen that’s missing in vitamins, and RUTF is used within the therapy of Extreme Acute Malnutrition (SAM) in kids.
“The native manufacturing of RUTF will forestall inventory outs and make them obtainable and accessible at cheap prices for the therapy of malnourished kids. It can promote conservation of foreign exchange and development of GDP,” the minister mentioned.
He additional mentioned whereas therapeutic meals at the moment used within the therapy of malnutrition have been included within the important medicines record, they have been procured from exterior the nation thereby affecting availability and accessibility as a consequence of improve in demand.
He added that the federal authorities was dedicated to manufacturing of dietary commodities within the six geopolitical zones, in addition to tackling all challenges to home manufacturing of diet merchandise within the nation.
The First Girl, Aisha Buhari, mentioned Nigeria remained one of many highest contributors to the worldwide malnutrition burden.
Represented by Dr Mohammad Kamal, Nationwide Coordinator of Future Assured, Aisha mentioned full implementation of insurance policies just like the Nationwide Strategic Plan of Motion on Vitamin would assist sort out the burden of malnutrition within the nation.
She defined that, “Investing in RUTF and diet commodities with our native obtainable sources just isn’t solely a enterprise, however a contribution to our nationwide improvement.”
The primary woman had in 2019 convened an interactive session with the non-public sector and enjoined them to extend effort in direction of the native manufacturing of RUTF.
She mentioned it was unacceptable for Nigeria as one of many highest contributors to Extreme Acute Malnutrition (SAM) on this planet to proceed to depend on the importation of RUTF.
In line with a 2017 UNICEF report, an estimated 2.5 million Nigerian kids beneath the age of 5 undergo from SAM yearly, with almost 420,000 kids beneath 5 dying on account of the situation.