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Media Represenatives Advises FG And SG To Adopt Adequate Policies For Prevention Of SAM

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Representatives of media organisations in the country have advised Federal and State Governments to adopt adequate policies for the prevention and management of Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM).
They gave the advice in a communique issued on Thursday in Abuja at the end of a-one day media parley organised by ISMPH for Chief Executives and Editors of media houses on Prevention and Management of SAM in Nigeria.
The communique was signed by Mrs Moji Makanjuola, Executive Director, ISMPH, and Ms Janet Afolabi, Chairperson Communiqué Committee.
They noted that over the years, there has been growing concern about the danger SAM poses to the health of children and its negative effects on the nation’s future.
The communique noted that malnutrition result from eating diet that lacks nutrients, adding that malnutrition in children is extremely harmful.
According to the communiqué, the damage to physical and cognitive development during the first two years of a child’s life is irreversible.
The communique further urged governments at all levels to show more commitment and political will for the prevention and management of SAM as well as ensure immediate release of one per cent Basic Health Care Fund (BHCF) as contained in the 2019 budget.
“Government should declare an emergency on SAM and should as well ensure its inclusion on Universal Health Coverage,” it said.
On its part, the media resolved to sustain on-going advocacy for the prevention and treatment of SAM in the country and give prominence to stories concerning malnutrition, among others.
They further reaffirmed commitment to the health and well-being of every Nigeria citizen particularly child health been the panacea for sustainable development of the country.
“We will partner with the Nigeria SAM Advocacy Campaign Group to demand accountability from relevant key actors in addressing SAM in Nigeria,’’ it stated.
The media organisations that attended the parley were the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Nigeria Television Authority (NTA), African Independent Television (AIT), Voice of Nigeria (VON), Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN), BBC, The Osasu Show Television Network, Guardian Newspaper and Thisday Newspaper.
Others are Daily Trust, Blueprint, Vanguard, The Nation, Leadership Newspapers, Kapital FM, Nigeria Health Watch (NHW), ONE Campaign, Wazobia/NigeriaInfo, Bronze and Onyx International Limited (BOIL), International Society of Media in Public Health (ISMPH) and NAWOJ, among others.

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