From Julius B. Kezi, Kafanchan
A two-day workshop on nutrition organised by the Kaduna State Education, Science and Technology Ministry has been held in Kafanchan, Kaduna State
The workshop, which was organised in collaboration with UNICEF, was for care-givers, health masters and home economic teachers at Primary and Junior Secondary School levels.
Focal Person and Deputy Director Planning, recharge and Statistics in the Ministry, Yakubu Ubale Salisu, said the workshop was informed by the desire to reduce mortality rate through achieving the right attitude towards the nutrition of students especially Children.
Salisu noted that poor nutrition leads to poor health condition, while good nutrition and eating habit enhance the healthy condition of an individual.
The focal person stressed that malnourished children were more likely to suffer and die from diseases like diarrhoea and respiration infections, becoming prone to falling ill and have lowered learning ability.
He said the workshop was to build the capacity of participants on the aspect of nutrition, preparation, storage and preservation of foods including developing a workshop plan for the establishment of nutrition clubs and its activities in primary and junior secondary schools.
A cross section of the participants interviewed expressed satisfaction with the training, saying it exposed them to locally found nutritional contents.
Rifkalu Bagudu said they would transfer the knowledge acquired to enhance nutritional education not only in their schools but also into immediate families and the community at large.
Victor Akyang described the workshop as timely in view of the poor attention paid to locally found nutritional contents.