John Shiaondo, Makurdi
Kano State Deputy Governor, Professor Hafiz Abubakar has call for a holistic approach to adequate and appropriate policies bringing together, agriculture, health, education and nutrition to tackle hidden hunger in Nigeria.
Delivering a Keynote address at the 46 Annual General Meeting and Scientific Conference, of the Nutrition Society of Nigeria, Wednesday in Makurdi the Benue State capital, Professor Abubakar said policy makers at all levels require the input of professionals in nutrition, agriculture and health to solve hidden hunger in the country.
He noted that nutrition education remains an essential tool for policies targeted at tackling hidden hunger.
According to him, food and nutrition education is essential in influencing decision makers to implement policies which promote healthy diets and include advocating for improvement in the food environment to enable healthy food choices.
Abubakar identified areas regarded as key in improving nutritional status in Nigeria as maternal nutrition, infant and young child feeding, management of severe acute malnutrition in children under five among others.
Earlier governor of Benue state, Samuel Ortom, said the government is working with health institutions in the state to establish nutrition units to assist address the scourge of hidden hunger in the state.
Represented by Commissioner of Health and Human Resources Dr. Cecilia Ojabo, he said Benue produces enough fruits and vegetables to cater for nutritional needs of citizen in the state.