UNICEF, Delta move to tackle poor nutrition among teenage girls, pregnant women in three LGAs

Wife of Delta state governor, Dame Edith Okowa, will, on Thursday, November 8, 2018 launch an awareness on adolescent nutrition which is targeted at teenage girls and pregnant women in three local government areas of the state.

The programme which is sponsored by UNICEF and is expected to be in its pilot phase in the state is to run in Ika North East, Isoko North and Okpe local government areas of Delta state.

Briefing journalists at the conference room of the state primary health care development agency, chairman of the agency, Dr. Isioma Okobah, said two states in Nigeria were selected as beneficiaries of the project, namely Kano and Delta states.

She said the objective of the programme is to reduce maternal death by women, stunted growth among children and fight against malnutrition among pregnant women and teenage girls.

She said women in child bearing age suffer mal-nutrition, hence the objective is to prevent unwarranted death as poor feeding could have negative effect on the expectant mothers and eventually affect the unborn child.

She said: “We are targeting girls between the ages of 10 and 19 years. They get pregnant at this age. If not well nourished, it could lead to maternal death and infant mortality. UNICEF picked two states for the programme, Kano and Delta.

“We are picking three local governments for the pilot programme in Delta. Ika North East, Isoko North and Okpe. After this we will move to other local government areas. Our aim is essentially to reduce infant mortality and maternal death.”

Dr. Okobah said the programme will be run by four government ministries, including the ministries of education, agriculture and women affairs, saying each of the ministries will play their separate roles in assisting the teenage girls to achieve the nutritious need of the programme.

She said data were collected from the state where it was discovered that these three local governments were prone to teenage pregnancy, hence the need to begin the programme with them.


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