Most of our citizenry believes that hunger only affects people who are lazy or people who are just looking for a handout, people who don’t want to work, but, sadly, that is not true. Over one-third of our hungry people are innocent children who are members of households that simply cannot provide enough food or proper nutrition. "A healthy nation is a wealthy nation".
Children are the future of tomorrow.
One of the best way to live in this world is to be generous to the needy. Do you know that 66 million primary school-age children attend classes hungry across the developing world. We eat all sort of balanced diet while our fellow Nigerians especially growing children fail to get even a double cooked food, we eat three square rich meal while some cannot afford to eat even once in 24hrs some for days, we drink clean bottled water while some people drink from dirty streams, wells and rivers, we grow fat muscles while some people were seen with protruding bones weak and fragile, we eat all sort of delicious, spicy, attractive food, while some people eat the remnants of the food in our bins.... We call ourselves humans while our growing children are attacked with all sort of malnutrition since before their birth.
Find out how much God has given you and from it take what you need; the remainder is needed by others. There are genuinely sufficient resources in the world to ensure that no one, nowhere, at no time, should go hungry.
What is malnutrition?
Malnutrition involves a dietary deficiency. Broadly meaning, when a person lacks nutrients because they do not consume enough food. People with malnutrition are presented with variety of health challenges which includes tiredness and irritability, inability to concentrate, always feeling cold, loss of fat, muscle mass, and body tissue, higher risk of getting sick and taking longer to heal, longer healing time for wounds, higher risk of complications after surgery, depression, reduced sex drive and problems with fertility.
In more severe cases: breathing becomes difficult, skin may become thin, dry, inelastic, pale, and cold, the cheeks appear hollow and the eyes sunken, as fat disappears from the face, hair becomes dry and sparse, falling out easily. And much more...
Children may show lack of growth, and they may be tired and irritable. Behavioral and intellectual development may be slow, possibly resulting in learning difficulties. Even with treatment, there can be long-term effects on mental function, and digestive problems may persist. In some cases, these may be lifelong.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), malnutrition is the gravest single threat to global public health. Globally, it contributes to 45 percent of deaths of children aged under 5 years. As concerned Nigerians, what are we doing to stop this? What are we doing to help the needy to cater for their basic life commodity (food)? What are we doing to save the lives of the children?
About 815 million people in the world don’t get the food they need to live a healthy life. Close to a billion people – one-eighth of the world’s population – still live in hunger.
Each year 2 million children die through malnutrition. This is happening at a time when doctors in Britain are warning of the spread of obesity. We are eating too much while others starve. Let's join our hand together to eradicate child malnutrition in our beloved country Nigeria.
Together we shall build the children for a better tomorrow!!
By Mohammed Ibn Abdullahi
About The Author:
Mohammed Ibn Abdullahi is a BNSc 500level student of the University of Maiduguri
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