Shinyanga gets assistance to tackle malnutrition

03Mar 2016
Correspondent
The Guardian
Shinyanga gets assistance to tackle malnutrition

AUTHORITIES in Shinyanga Region have received equipment, food and diet pills from Save the Children, a not for profit organization, in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) to combat malnutrition.

The organisations teamed up to donate the items to assist regional authorities to tackle and reduce malnutrition, which is at 43 percent, to 15 percent.

The 2010 statistics indicate that 43 percent of children under five in Shinyanga are stunted, 75 percent have anemia, 48 percent lack iron, 37 percent have vitamin A deficient, 3 percent have malnutrition and 10 percent are underweight.

Speaking when receiving the equipment and diet pills from Save the Children, Shinyanga Regional Nutrition Officer, Mariamu Mwita, said malnutrition in the region is cause for concern due to the scarcity of resources to eradicate the problem.

Shinyanga Deputy Regional Administrative Secretary, Dr Nuru Mpuya, said supplies will be distributed to all the six councils in the region and urged nurses to make sure that the donated items reach the targeted people.

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