The Kaduna State Government said it has adopted the National Policy on Maternal, Infant and Young Child Nutrition (MICYN) to address malnutrition among women and children. Dr. Ado Zakari, Director, medical and diagnostic services, Ministry of Health, stated this at the inauguration of a three-day workshop on MIYCN national policy.
Zakari said although the state government was implementing several plans, strategies, and policies to address the scourge of malnutrition, the MICYN policy would strengthen the interventions.
According to him, the state government is passionate about improving the nutritional status of women and children. Therefore, adopting the MICYN policy is a demonstration of the state government commitment to ending all kinds of malnutrition among women and children in the state.
Ms. Hauwa Aliyu, assistant nutrition desk officer in the ministry, said the objective of the meeting was to agree on key provisions to be articulated, collated, and harmonised to fast-track adaptation of the national MICYN policy. This, according to her, will ensure the nutritional wellbeing of women, infants and young children in the state.
Also, Mrs. Chinwe Ezeife, Nutrition Specialist, the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) Kaduna, described the development as a milestone in the fight against malnutrition in the region. The Nation