The First Lady of the Republic of Ghana, Rebecca Naa Okaikor Akufo-Addo has made a clarion call to Ghanaians to take actions, build consensus and provide the needed funding to help end children dying from malnutrition, malaria or other preventable illness in Ghana.
According to her, if care is not taken, there is the risk that the COVID-19 pandemic could result in nutrition crisis due to disruption of food production and supply, hence the need to safeguard food and nutrition security.
Speaking at the just ended Nutrition Advocate Event, the First lady vowed to work hard towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by ensuring the decline in the prevalence of malnutrition and its resultant ill- health and death among children.
” I wish to restate my resolve that, no child should die from malnutrition, malaria or other preventable illness in Ghana. So together with Malaria Prevention Foundation, our partners and stakeholders, I stand committed to the task that is ahead of us”, she said.
Mrs. Rebecca Akufo-Addo took the opportunity to appreciate the “Start Right Feed Right” Campaign, that has helped to improve the quality of children’s diet to keep us on the path to meeting Global Nutrition Targets.
She urged all stakeholders to help continue strengthen school based interventions as we provide safe portable water, health nutrition hygiene and infection prevention education.
“We should continue to strengthen school based interventions. We should provide safe portable water, health nutrition, hygiene and infection prevention education. We must continue to intensify our efforts to promote six months exclusive breastfeeding for all children”. She added
Present at the event was the Minister of Health, Hon. Kwaku Agyemang Manu, Director-General of the Ghana Health Service, Dr Patrick Kumah-Aboagye and Country Representatives of WHO and UNICEF as well as officials of Infanta Malaria Prevention Foundation.
By: Isaac Clottey