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Media Remains Key Partners in Fighting malnutrition, Says Dr Tsanyawa

Written by Pyramid FM Kano

By: Muktar Yahaya Shehu

The Kano state ministry of health says the role of media organizations in fight against malnutrition in the state can not be over emphasize.

The state commissioner of Health Dr Aminu Ibrahim Tsanyawa stated this during the round table discussion with media organizations on promoting maternal infant and Young Child Nutrition (MIYCN) organized by state the ministry, state primary health care management board and Alive and Thrive Project in the state.

He said the discussion was to reiterate the importance of media in fighting malnutrition in the state.

The commissioner represented by the Director public Health and Disease control Dr Ashiru Rajab said the program is aimed at building the capacity of journalists on how to enlighten the public ways/courses of malnutrition and how they will support in preventing children from getting malnourished.

According to him, the ministry observed communication gap between stakeholders and mothers leading their children getting malnourished, adding that recognising the importance of the media in public enlightenment make it necessary for them to organized the event in an effort to make children’s healthy.

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In a paper presentation, the Deputy director family health, Kano state primary health care management board Dietitian Murtala Muhammad Inuwa said exclusive Breastfeeding tend to Children and infant been sick especially from the first one Thousand days, saying that the media industry is a major stakeholder in fighting malnutrition in the country.

“I can remember that when the primary health care was formed in the year 1979 it was come up with 8 basic components and the Number One was the media i.e the enlighten the public what they should and how they should do It, followed by the second one which is nutrition”, he added.

In his address the state coordinator Alive and Thrive Project Dr Ashiru hamza Muhammad said the workshop was organised to discuss issues regarding maternal Infant and Young Child Nutrition so as to improve human capital development.

“If we invest in first one Thousand days through nutrition and exclusive breastfeeding we will ensure that we are investing for improving human capital development” Dr Ashiru Hamza added.

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