The wife of Kaduna State governor, and Chairperson, Kaduna State Emergency Nutrition Action Plan, KADENAP, Aisha Ummi El-Rufai has called on media practitioners to engage actively in the fight against malnutrition across the state.
She made the call at a two day sensitization training for journalist on malnutrition organised by KADENAP.
KADENAP was created to treat severely malnourished children below age five at phase 1, handle malnourished children above the age of five and mothers who suffer same at phase 2 and also bring attitudinal change in the living practices of people towards malnutrition at phase 3.
Hajiya El-Rufai explained that the general public were regularly exposed to poor quality information in the media about dieting, hence the need to engage journalist to report consistent nutrition messages.
Represented by KADENAP Project Coordinator, Usman Makarfi, she said, “we invite you to disseminate appropriate information that will not only boost nutritional activities but shape public attitude towards improved positive nutritional practices in our communities”.
The Chairperson therefore urged participants to use their expertise in educating people with the needed information that will be easily understood without misinterpretation.
“I hope this training will be the first step in our partnership with you, saying, the meeting will update participants on nutrition knowledge and its challenges on Nigerian children, she stressed”.
While presenting a goodwill message, a Nutritionist with UNICEF Kaduna Field Office, Mrs Chinwe Ezeife called on the media to do more in its effort on enlightening the public to eradicate malnutrition in the Country.
She disclose that, on the social mobilization aspect, coverage has remain low on issues of malnutrition, adding that there is need to scale up the knowledge on ways to achieve positive results.