11 Million Children are Malnourished in Nigeria Due to Low Level of Exclusive Breastfeeding – UNICEF
The United Nations Children’s Fund has disclosed that no fewer than 11 million children under the age of five are malnourished in Nigeria as a result of low level of exclusive breastfeeding.
This was disclosed by UNICEF Chief of Field Office, Bauchi, Abdulai Kaikai, represented by a Nutritionist, Philomena Irene, during the flag-off of the scaling up of Community Management for Acute Malnutrition.
Philomena Irene said the level of exclusive breastfeeding in Nigeria was only 17 per cent, meaning that 5.4 million children each year miss out on its benefits, contributing to the country’s problem of chronic child malnutrition.
According to her, the low rate of exclusive breastfeeding leads to more than 100,000 child deaths and translates into almost $12 billion in future economic losses for the country.