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[Abuja]– The Federal government of Nigeria in collaboration with the Groupe Speciale Mobile Association, has launched an initiative tagged “mNutrition Programme”, in a bid to tackle the problem of malnutrition in the country.

Nigeria’s Minister of Health Isaac Folorunso Adewole attends an emergency National Council on Health meeting on the control of Lassa Fever in Abuja, Nigeria January 19, 2016. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde – RTX231AG

The Federal government, represented by the Minister of Health, Prof. Issac Adewole, laughed the programme in Abuja on Friday, March 10, 2017.

Prof. Adewole said that the programme will allow for the effective dissemination of information which will range from educational information through mobile phones which will aid healthy practices.

“Such messages typically focus on educational content geared towards improving nutritional practices such as the promotion of balanced diets, basic steps for improving nutritional content of locally available foods, encouraging exclusive breastfeeding of infants, and safe and appropriate complementary feeding of infants and young children,” he said.

MHealth Market Engagement Manager, GSMA, Mr. Victor Ohuruogu, said mNutrition involves using mobile and wireless technology to support health and nutrition outcomes.

It should be noted that according the official website of UNICEF, in a report updated in February 2017, “nearly half of all deaths in children under 5 are attributable to under-nutrition. This translates into the unnecessary loss of about 3 million young lives a year.”

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