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Govt Called On People in Mwanza to Eat Locally Available Nutritious Foods

June 8, 2014

Patrick Ndawala



People of group village headman Kasuza in Mwanza have been urged to make sure that they eat variety of locally available foods that can help them to improve their nutrition status.

Principal Nutrition Officer, Gideon Mphunda, said this on Friday at Mkantho Primary School Ground during the district launch of Support for Nutrition Improvement Component (SNIC) project which is being implemented by Save the Children.

He said people especially women and children needed to be given nutritious foods that were most times not expensive and are commonly found in the gardens such as beans, fruits, milk and water.

"People think that nutritious foods are expensive, but six groups include cheaper and easily accessible foods such as water, vegetables, and fruits like mangoes are part of the six groups," he said.

He also asked for unity among different players such as District Nutrition Committee, Village Development Committee who would be involved in the implementation of SNIC projects.

He particularly stressed the importance of communities to own SNIC project in form of knowledge and skills so that it be sustained even after the project phrases out.

"This project will not help people who are implementing it but it is for the good of Mwanza people hence communities need to take active participation right from planning up to the actual implementation of these projects, he said.

He further thanked the World Bank and the Canadian International for Development Agency (CIDA) for providing the financial support to the improvement of nutrition status in the district.

Mwanza District Commissioner, Gift Rapozo, welcomed the project saying it would help in the development of the district.

"When people in an area have good nutrition status, obviously the health is also good and they can participate well in the development programs of that particular area. In this way, we say nutrition is development," he explained.

He, however, concurred with Mphunda in calling for community ownership of the five-year project.

Sub Traditional Authourity Govati assured the implementing agency, Save the Children, that people would be committed to implementing nutrition activities.

He said he was sad to note that the district was not doing well in issues related to not only nutrition, but also family planning.

He, therefore, asked his subjects to change their beliefs and some culture that flue malnutrition especially among women and children in the district.

"We have been deceiving ourselves in believing that there are some foods that cannot be eaten by women and children and in the process we have negatively contributed to their poor health," he said.


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Source: AllAfrica


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