Giving his keynote address, the Deputy Minister of Health and Sanitation 1, Mr. Foday Sawi Lahai disclosed that malnutrition accounts for 40 percent of children’s death, recommending that severe malnourished children should be given good food to upkeep them.
He said according to a survey carried out before the Ebola outbreak in the country, children were dying because of malnutrition or either the food they eat is not good.
Mr. Sawi underscored the importance of the ministry’s Post Ebola Recovery Plan which captures the concern of their wellbeing and the drastic reduction in the fight against the infant mortality rate in the country.
The Deputy Minister described the stakeholders meeting as very timely for everyone to be part of the discussion, suggestions and map out the way forward to ensure that beneficiaries get what they deserve.
Presenting the Draft Action Plan and Accountability Matrix, the Director, Food and Nutrition, Aminata Shamit Koroma said the Ready to Use Therapeutic Food is an essential nutrition therapeutic product for treatment of severe acute malnutrition, stressing the need for effective collaboration and support from partners.