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Monday, 16-October-2006
(thetidenews)- - Nigeria ranks amongst the world’s top ten countries with the largest number of underweight children with an estimated six million under-five who are underweight if the new statistics released by the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) is anything to go by.

To combat malnutrition, the federal government has adopted seven new strategies. The National Planning Commission through the National Committee on Food and Nutrition (NCFN) in collaboration with UNICEF has identified improving food security through programmes and projects in both agricultural and non-agricultural sectors to increase household income, especially in the poorer cadre of the population.

NCFN, the main basis for the co-ordination and harmonisation of all food and nutrition related policies and programme in the country is to foster care-givers capacity base by promoting optimal infant feeding practices and reducing the herculean task on women to create more time for childcare, through the development of labour saving technologies. The committee aims to improve health services to provide essential maternal and child health care.

Other strategies in this wise are: micronutrient deficiency and anemia via a strategy including vitamin and mineral supplementation, food fortification and dietary diversification; combating iodine deficiency disorder through salt iodisation programme; plus institutionalising general consumer protection measures to ensure that food quality and consumer health are adequately safeguarded, as contained in the UNICEF Nigeria latest information sheet on nutrition made available to the media by the communication officer, Christine Jaulmes.

UNICEF representative in Nigeria, Mr Ayalew Abai, at a recent workshop, said this of Nigeria: Happily several African countries are on track to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) target for underweight – Benin, Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, the Gambia and Mauritania. Nigeria is not in this group yet and this has important implications for the sub-region. Nigeria is by far the most populous country in the region and its proportion of underweight children dominates the regional statistics.

The UNICEF representative in Nigeria, urges the federal government to inject the same effort she has inserted in achieving and sustaining universal salt iodation in other nutrition interventions, notably, exclusive breast feeding and vitamin A supplementation.

The report highlights that women who are undernourished have lower resistance to infection and are more liable to die from common childhood ailment like malaria, diarrhea diseases or respiratory infections. It is also estimated that malnutrition contributes to over 50% to mortality amid children aged five years and below.

Jaulmes who backs the national nutrition response on sustainable elimination of vitamin A disorder as well as reduction of iron deficiency anemia and zinc deficiency, also approves of the improvement of early child care practices at households level and in early child care centres.
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Monday, 27-October-2014
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Sunday, 26-October-2014
The Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General on Yemen Jamal Benomar said on Saturday that accelerating the implementation of the Peace and National Partnership Agreement is regarded the best way towards the peaceful change to preserve Yemen security and stability.

Upon arrival in Sana’a, Benomar said that he will meet with President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi and the newly assigned Prime Minister Khaled Bahah, in addition to political leaders of all political spectra.
Saturday, 25-October-2014

Troops of the 17th Infantry Brigade in Taiz province have held 41 Ethiopian infiltrators, as disembarked from a smuggling boat in Yemeni waters at Ban al-Mandab area.

commander of the 17th Infantry Brigade ,Brigadier Saleh al-Subari, pointed out that the boat was monitored at the Yemeni waters while unloading the Ethiopians at the Yemeni coasts.
Friday, 24-October-2014
President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi received on Friday cables of congratulations on the occasion of the Hijri new year.

The cables were sent by King Abdullah II of Jordan, President Mahmmod Abas of Palestine and Prime Minster of Bahrain, Khalif bin Salman Al Khalifa.
Thursday, 23-October-2014
The Constitution Drafting Committee headed on Wednesday to the United Arab Emirates in order to continue holding its meetings in the capital Abu Dhabi for one month.


“The Committee will start meetings as of Thursday in Abu Dhabi as per its action plan and within the framework of finalizing and revising the first draft of the constitution,” says head of the Committee Ibrahim al-Wazir as quoted by the NDC Media Center.
Wednesday, 22-October-2014
The Cabinet on Wednesday urged all the concerned political parties to accelerate the formation of a new government.

In its meeting, which was chaired by Acting Prime Minister and Minister of Electricity Abdullah al-Akwa, the cabinet pointed to the importance of the new government formation in stabilizing the political, economic and security situation and overcoming the current problems.

The cabinet's meeting touched on a number of topics, especially the issues related to the service and development aspects.

The cabinet stressed the need to keep the different educational institutions away from any conflicts and the importance of commitment of all parties to maintain the safety of employees and students in these education institutions.
Wednesday, 22-October-2014
President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi sent on Wednesday a cable of congratulations to the Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon on the occasion of the United Nations Day.

The UN Day marks on 24 October the anniversary of the entry into force in 1945 of the UN Charter.
Tuesday, 21-October-2014
President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi received on Tuesday head and members of Constitution Drafting Committee (CDC).

During the meeting, Hadi was briefed on the progress the committee has made to date in drafting the new constitution.
Monday, 20-October-2014
President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi chaired on Monday a meeting of the panel of presidential advisors along with Prime Minister-designate Khalid Bahah.

They reviewed the latest developments in the local arena, besides procedures to form a new government and distribution of the ministerial portfolios in accordance with criteria agreed upon by all components.
Sunday, 19-October-2014

Ibb University Council approved Sunday the halt of study in different colleges for a week due to security reasons in the governorate.

The council formed a committee to communicate with the local authority and concerned political forces to withdraw their militants from near the university for it is an educational institution to the governorate's sons.

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