The escalating conflict in the country’s North Western region makes essential foods less accessible to vulnerable people in this area, so we also anticipate that according to the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), nearly 20 million vulnerable people in this country will be affected by the food crisis this year, should urgent intervention not made..
Maybe if I need to continue on the nutrition part, particularly in Nigeria again, we were aiming to end all forms of malnutrition by 2030, but the global estimate shows that about 23 per cent of children under five were stunted; the projection suggests that 21 per cent of children under five will be stunted.
I also have to mention maternal mortality; we know that even though we globally see the maternal mortality ratio decrease, we still have a lot of cases of maternal mortality in Nigeria, particularly in the northern side, where the maternal mortality ratio is almost among the highest in the world.
We know that out-of-school is linked to culture and behavior and many efforts are being made in that area to sensitise and involve communities for them to see the need and the importance of education.
This is one area that needs to be addressed because when you compare regions in Nigeria, you will see that it is where social determinants have a high impact.
You know the conflict, food crises climate change and unemployment are all part of what is fueling insecurity and by contributing to solving the problems of the food crisis, insecurity, and unemployment, we expect that will also contribute to reducing the kidnapping and the feeling of insecurity, and people will safely be able to learn and catch up with whatever they need for the development..
We know that primary healthcare is the backbone of a formidable health system and it is the key important area where we have more than 75 per cent of the population going there
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