WHO alarmed with the rate of stunted growth of children in Bunyoro|GMEPA NEWS


Abanabasazi Peter


The World Health Organization-WHO has expressed concern at the rising number of cases of stunted children as a result of malnutrition in Bunyoro sub region.

According to a March 2016 report from Communication for Develop Foundation in Uganda, Hoima, Masindi and Kibaale district have the highest cases of malnutrition in the country. Hoima stands at 7% while Masindi at 6.2%.

The realization has prompted the WHO and Hoima district local government to design interventions to address the problem. World Health Gradation has donated a growth monitoring equipment, motorcycles and laptops Hoima, Buliisa and Masindi districts to boost the fight against the malnutrition in the region.

According to Dr. Priscilla Ravonimanantsoa the WHO nutrition officer says the donation will be used in strengthening nutrition surveillance, capacity building of health workers on assessing, collecting, recording and reporting nutrition data.

Fredrick Byenume the Hoima district health inspector says many people are ignorant of their nutrition needs. He said that people in the region eat to survive and if the trend continues, it will have a terrible impact on the society.

Nutritionists say stunted growth is largely caused by poor feeding which culminates into retarded body growth and reduced brain capacity.

A 2012 report from MOH on nutrition, Uganda’s Midwestern region has 44% of children with stunted growth, coming second to Karamoja sub region.