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Ignorance Fuelling Malnutrition in Kabarole :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Ignorance Fuelling Malnutrition in Kabarole

As a result, parents make the wrong nutrition choices for their children, a situation which could be responsible for a growing trend in cases of malnutrition. Records at the district health department indicate that 45% of the children under the age of 5 have stunted growth.

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Limited access to information on nutrition coupled with parental ignorance, are some of the factors fuelling rising cases of malnutrition in Kabarole district, Our Reporter has established.

 

Almost all health facilities in the district do not have vital information on nutrition; several of them do not have a nutrition unit, which is vital for the rehabilitation of severely malnourished cases, and there is a visible shortage of nutritionists across the district.

 

The district health department also lacks extension services in form of community out-reach programs to educate the mothers and caretakers\' of children on matters pertaining to nutrition.

 

As a result, parents make the wrong nutrition choices for their children, a situation which could be responsible for a growing trend in cases of malnutrition. Records at the district health department indicate that 45% of the children under the age of 5 have stunted growth.

 

Herbert Musabe, the in-charge of Bukuku Health Centre III says mothers constantly need to be educated on the right foods to feed their children, yet majority of the available health workers are not skilled in nutrition.

 

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Moses Alituha, a nutritionist in Fort Portal explains that the community needs to be educated about food security in their homes if malnutrition is to be reduced. He adds that all the required feeds are in the households but lack of knowledge on how and when to prepare it, creates a nutrition gap.

 

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Mary Byaruhanga, a parent from Bukuku village in Bukuku Sub County, whose child suffered from severe malnutrition often as a result of poverty, it is difficult to feed the family with foods that are expensive but rich in nutrients like milk and eggs

 

Richard Obet, the Kabarole district health officer says there is need for funding for specialists to move from home to home sensitizing people about the dangers of malnutrition and how to avoid it. Obet says the sector is allocated inadequate funds each financial year and most of it goes to HIV/Aids and maternal health.

 

According to the National Nutrition Action Plan 2011- 2016, local government are supposed to implement nutrition programmes aimed at improving maternal and child health in the country by reducing malnutrition in women of reproductive age as well as infants below two years.

 

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