Cultural practices hindering effective Nutrition- Unicef

By Fatima Mohammed-Lawal
The United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) on Friday warned against cultural practices which may hinder effective nutrition and the well being of children in Nigeria.

Dr Zakari Adam, Chief of UNICEF Field Office, Kaduna, gave the warning in Ilorin at the inauguration of the Technical Evaluation Committee Agenda for Accelerating Nutrition Results in Nigeria (ARiN).

Adam said that there were challenges of cultural practices that might be detrimental in terms of development of children’s nutrition, adding that such practices had no basis.

According to him, it is not only the low income persons that might face problem of malnutrition but also the wealthy.

Adam said poverty in this context was not only on income capacity but ‘about the mindset’, adding that people needed knowledge and education to manage life.

“People may have money, but may not know about good nutrition,” he said.

Adam said there was need for synergy as regards overcoming the problem of malnutrition in the country, adding that UNICEF would provide technical support and funding toward various programmes with the overall goal of accelerating child protection.

He explained that with the increasing socio-economic burden, there was resultant increase in the number of malnourished people many of whom were women and children.