Media practitioners have been urged to engage actively in the fight against malnutrition across Kaduna State.
The wife of Kaduna State governor, and Chairperson, Kaduna State Emergency Nutrition Action Plan, KADENAP, Ummi El-Rufai 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 practises of people towards malnutrition at phase 3.
Hajiya El-Rufai explained that the general public are regularly exposed to poor quality information in the media about dieting, hence the need to engage journalists 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 in enlightening the public to eradicate malnutrition in the Country.
She disclosed that, on the social mobilization aspect, coverage has remained low on issues of malnutrition, adding that there is need to scale up the knowledge on ways to achieve positive results.
According to her, “UNICEF will continue to collaborate and join efforts with the media to ensure that children are healthy, adding that, journalists are the pillars that will inform the public on the need for proper nutrition”.
On his part, the Chairman Nigeria Union of journalists (NUJ), Adamu Yusuf expressed appreciation to KADENAP for recognizing the media in its fight against malnutrition in the State, adding that, the gesture could not have come at a better time.