National Agency for Food and Drug
Administration and Control, NAFDAC,
has disclosed that malnutrition and
other childhood diseases kill over 2,300
Nigerian children daily while over 145
women of childbearing age also die
daily in the country.
Starving-Child-AfricaThis was disclosed by the Benue State
Coordinator of the agency, Mr. Anikoh
Ibrahim, yesterday in Makurdi the state
capital, at the end of the agency’s on the
spot random testing for micronutrient
fortification compliance in sugar, floor,
salt and vegetable oil products, being
sold in markets across the state.
Ibrahim, while quoting the United
Nations Children Fund, UNICEF, said
the figures place Nigeria as the second
largest contributor to the under–five
and maternal mortality rate in the
world, noting that the situation could
be checked with better nutrition.
According to the NAFDAC
coordinator, malnutrition among
children, the death of young mothers
during childbirth due to anaemia and
the poor learning ability of children
were all consequences of micronutrient
He said, “This is the more reason
why it is the right of every Nigerian
to consume fortified foods to guard
against diseases and untimely deaths;
therefore it is important that consumers
begin to demand for fortified staples.
“I must hasten to say that in the
event of non-compliance to mandatory
food fortification by manufacturers,
necessary sanctions will be applied
which includes closure of the concerned
factories, payment of administrative
fines, withdrawal and destruction of
the products.”
Ibrahim also stated that most of
the products that were subjected to
the random test met the minimum
fortification standards but added that
the agency would not hesitate to notify
manufacturers of products that failed