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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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Sunday, 26-June-2016
The national delegation confirmed on Sunday its keenness on the success of the Yemeni consultations in Kuwait under the auspices of the United Nations.

This came during a joint session between the national delegation and Riyadh’s delegation in the presence of the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and his special envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed.

At the session, the UN Secretary-General asserted that the position of the international community is clear, which is that the conflict should stop and Yemen should return to the path of political transition.

Ban Ki-moon expressed his optimism for the recent release of prisoners and detainees, urging the parties to release all prisoners as a goodwill initiative before the Eid al-Fitr.
Sunday, 26-June-2016
Five people were killed on Sunday by two Saudi air raids on Khawlan al-Teyal district of Sana'a province, a security official said.

The raids targeted al-Qanzi intersection in al-Arosh area in the district, the official added.
Saturday, 25-June-2016

At least seven citizens were wounded when a terrorist blow himself up with an explosive belt in a popular market in al-Radhma district of Ibb province, a security official said Saturday.

The official explained that the suicide bomber detonated himself in al-Qoqa'a
Saturday, 25-June-2016
The Saudi warplanes launched on Saturday an air raid on al-Qashaira Souk market in al-Waze'yah district of Taiz province, a local official said.

The official added the raid caused huge damage to public and private properties. Meanwhile, the Saudi warplanes flew intensively over many districts in Taiz.

The Riyadh's hirelings pounded al-Qashuba area in al-Waze'yah with artillery shells. They also pounded the eastern neighborhoods of Taiz city.
Saturday, 25-June-2016
The Saudi aggression and its mercenaries continued to breach the ceasefire during the past hours in several provinces, a military official said Saturday.

The Saudi warplanes flew on the skies of the Capital, Amran, Sana'a, Mareb, Jawf, Sa'ada, Dhalea and Taiz provinces. At the same time, the Riyadh's hirelings pounded al-Ghail district in Jawf with artillery shells.
Friday, 24-June-2016
The army and popular committees repulsed on Friday a massive attempt of Riyadh's hirelings to advance on al-Moton district of Jawf province, a military official said.

A number of the hirelings
Thursday, 23-June-2016
The security services and popular committees raided on Wednesday a terrorist cell belonging to al-Qaeda in al-Nadira district of Ibb province, a security official said.

The operation resulted in the killing of eight terrorists, wounding seven and arresting 15 others, the official added.
Thursday, 23-June-2016
The Saudi-led war jets waged on Thursday four raids on scattered areas in al-Qabitah district of Lahj province, killing a citizen from the district, a military official said.

The official pointed out that the aggression’s warplanes and its mercenaries continued to breach the ceasefire during the past 24 hours in a number of provinces in the country.

The hostile war jets waged two raids on Maswara area and Nehm district in Sana’a province, two others on Serwah district of Mareb province and another one on al-Saqiyah area in al-Masloub district in Jawf province, he said.
Wednesday, 22-June-2016

The National delegation involved in consultations in Kuwait renewed on Wednesday its adherence to form a consensual executive authority to manage the transitional phase.

This came during a discussion session which was held at Bayan Palace in Kuwait and devoted to discuss the briefing of the UN envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh to the UN Security Council.

At the meeting, the national delegation expressed its refusal to
Wednesday, 22-June-2016

A consultation session was held on Wednesday at Bayan Palace in Kuwait between the National Delegation and the UN envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed.

The national delegation and the UN envoy continued discussions about the topics included in the agenda of the peace talks being

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