A nutritionist in Kasama district has bemoaned the high levels of malnutrition in infants in Northern Province.
Northern Province Principal Nutritionist in the Ministry of Health, Daniel Chiluba, said the 49 percent stunting levels among children in the region was too high hence the need for immediate interventions.
Mr. Chiluba, who is also Northern Province Acting Provincial Nutrition Coordinating Committee (PNCC) Chairperson, said there was need for concerted efforts in addressing malnutrition levels in the province.
He told ZANIS in Kasama that malnutrition was a major cause of stunted growth in children.
He said more women should be sensitized about giving a balanced diet to their children in order to scale-down malnutrition in the province.
Mr. Chiluba observed that good nutrition in the first most critical days of children was important to curb malnutrition.
He has since urged lactating mothers to exclusively breastfeed until the child is six months old to prevent stunting and malnutrition.
Mr. Chiluba said it was important that children are well nourished noting that this will make them grow into healthy citizens that will contribute to the economic development of the country.