United Nations Children Fund, UNICEF, has challenged journalists in Nigeria to be at the forefront in the fight against child malnutrition by adequately sensitising and informing members of the public and relevant stakeholders about the nutrition crisis in the country.
Nutrition Specialist and Sokoto State Field Officer, UNICEF, Mr. Paul Mudzongo, threw the challenge in a presentation at a two-day media dialogue organised by the organisation in Sokoto, recently.
He said the media is strategically placed considering its role of information dissemination and accountability and stressed the need for journalists to disseminate information in a way that will attract the attention of concerned authorities towards addressing the menace of child malnutrition.
Mudzongo explained that the dialogue was aimed at increasing opportunities for media advocacy on child malnutrition through sensitising and informing participants about the nutrition crisis in the country and issues of children’s well-being and survival.
According to him, the programme would provide media partners with knowledge and materials that would enhance advocacy for child malnutrition, especially in the north.
“It is also expected that at the end of the dialogue, media partners will join in the advocacy for child malnutrition using various media platforms so as to help address the menace.”
In a remark, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who was represented by Abdulkadir Abubakar, acknowledged the unwavering commitment of UNICEF towards nutrition activities in the country and pledged his ministry’s continued support and collaboration on nutrition issues.
Our correspondent, who was part of the programme, reports that participants were taken on a field trip to some selected Primary Health Centres, PHCs, across the state to see for themselves the condition of some malnourished children.


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