No fewer than 11 million children under the age of five are malnourished in Nigeria as a result of low level of exclusive breastfeeding, the United Nation Children Fund, UNICEF, has said.
A UNICEF Nutrition Specialist, Philomena Irene, stated this during the flag off ceremony of the scaling up of Community Management for Acute Malnutrition, CMAM, sites in Bauchi State.
She said the level of exclusive breastfeeding in Nigeria was only 17 percent, meaning 5.4 million children each year missed out on its benefits.
This, according to her, contributes to the country’s problem of malnutrition.
Also speaking, the Director of State Primary Health Care Agency, Adamu Gamawa, said the state had scaled up the CMAM sites in the state to nine local governments, adding that next year the sites will be scaled up to nine additional local governments areas.