The Federal Government and Action Against Hunger (AAH) have advocated that nutrition should be a major part of the COVID-19 prevention strategies to build the resilience of children and the nation as a whole.
Minister of Women Affairs, Pauline Tallen, said COVID-19 had had a devastating impact on communities and has worsened hunger in most vulnerable parts of the country such as the northeast zone.
Speaking at an event organised by AAH to commemorate the World Food Day in Abuja, Tallen, represented by the Director, Child Unit, Jummai Muhammad, said the call became imperative because of Nigeria’s peculiar challenges.
She said available reports indicated that Nigeria had the highest number of children affected by malnutrition globally, with more than 2.5 million suffering from acute malnutrition.
Tallen added that food and nutrition security should be safeguarded, as nutrition could not wait especially in the face of health challenges. She called for continuous nutrition intervention as short-term disruptions of such programmes could have irreversible negative effects on child survival, health, and development of women in the long run.