THE IMPORTANCE OF A CHILD NUTRITION CENTRE

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					THE IMPORTANCE OF A CHILD
NUTRITION CENTRE
PRESENTED AT THE OCCASION COMMISSIONING OF OLU
AKINKUGBE FOUNDATION CHILD NUTRITION CENTRE,
FRIESLAND FOODS WAMCO NIG. PLC, LAGOS.
                         BY

                   E.O. OJOFEITIMI

    PROFESSOR OF COMMUNITY HEALTH NUTRITION,
         NUTRITION CONSULTANT (OAUTHC)
      DIRECTOR, INSTITUTE OF PUBLIC HEALTH,
           COLLEGE OF HEALTH SCIENCES,
          OBAFEMI AWOLOWO UNIVERSITY,
           ILE-IFE, OSUN STATE, NIGERIA.
THE THRUST OF THIS PRESENTATION IS
 TO EXAMINE THE FOLLOWING ISSUES:

What is the future that Friesland Foods WAMCO
Nigeria wants to create for Nigerians under 5
children?
What is happening now?
Why is there a difference?
What do we need to change?
What are the importance of child Nutrition Center?
What should be our shared vision?
INTRODUCTION

 “WHOSOEVER WAS THE FATHER OF A
 DISEASE AN ILL DIET WAS THE MOTHER”
             - GEORGE HERBERT, 1660
 Two Year old             The Two Year old Girl Intake
                             After Two Months of
 Girl at Intake                   Treatment
INTRODUCTION (CONT’D)

 A HEALTHY & WELL NOURISHED CHILD
              MEAN
        A HEALTHY NATION
     INCREASED PRODUCTIVITY
                &
    LOW RATES OF ABSENTEEISM,
         STAFF TURNOVER
                &
         PREABSENTEEISM.
WHAT IS THE FUTURE FRIESLAND
FOODS WAMCO NIGERIA WANTS TO
CREATE?


   Provision of good nutrition for the teeming
   population.
   Reduction of childhood and adult malnutrition
   Increased healthy life expectancy.
   Adequate nutrition to infants as an enhancer to
   human capital development.
   Provision of quality food to fulfill one of the
   Millennium Development Goals.
   Increase informed choices as to the prevention of
   malnutrition in her immediate environment.
WHAT IS HAPPENING NOW?

 Decreased life expectancy from 51 to 43
 years within a span of a decade.
 Infant mortality rate 113/1000 live births.
 Under five mortality rate 203/1000 live births.
 Suntiness among under 12 infants 68.3%.
 Malaria U5 mortality rate in Nigeria
 729/100,000 (1 out of 5 deaths)
WHAT IS HAPPENING NOW? (CONT’D)

 MMR 704-1500/100,000 live births
 Ranking of Nigerian % of infants with LBW
 141/187.
 Nigeria 187th Position out of 191 countries in
 the world as Health performance of their
 health systems
 Increased non communicable chronic
 disease
BREAST CANCER
PROSTATE CANCER
WHY IS THERE A DIFFERENCE?

 Low premium on Health.
 Health system more of disease focused.
 Less emphasis on importance of maternal
 nutrition during pregnancy
 Failure of effective Complementary Feeding
 campaign.
 Cultural and poor infant Feeding practices.
 Inability to get all major stakeholders
 involved in ensuring a healthy infant and
 productive adult.
WHAT DO WE NEED TO CHANGE?

 Our attitudes to health.
 Curative to preventive medicine.
 Have more interest in our infants optimum growth.
 Investing in a healthy and well nourished child as
 Nations future assets.
 Need to move from “what” to begin to Tackle THE
 “HOW & “WHY”
 Passive to aggressive public enlightenment on the
 importance of nutrition during pregnancy and
 infancy.
 Creation more children Nutrition centres in all the
 Local Government Areas.
THE UNIQUENESS OF CHILD
NUTRITION CENTER (CNC)

 Takes a leading role in involving community leaders,
 parents, NGO, LGA, State, and Federal organization
 to improve infants’ nutritional status.
 Serves as a meeting point where professionals from
 various disciplines interact to exchange ideas as to
 improving the nutritional status of young ones.
 Provides a multidisciplinary clinical research and
 educational service for children and family.
 WHAT SHOULD BE OUR SHARED
          VISION?

Household – Reduce IMR To O & By WHEN & How?
Community – Reduce IMR To O & By WHEN &
How?
Government - Reduce IMR To O & By WHEN &
HOW?
Non governmental Agencies - Reduce IMR to O &
By WHEN & How?
Health Workers – Reduce IMR To O & By WHEN &
HOW?
Private Sectors – Reduce IMR To O & By WHEN &
HOW?
IF NOT NOW
THEN WHEN?
IF NOT ME?
THEN WHO?
BELIEVE YOU CAN
    MAKE A
DIFFERENCE AND
     YOU
     WILL
THANK YOU
FOR YOUR

ATTENTION