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Monday, May 4, 2020

Nutrition Society demands scaling up social protection for citizens, COVID-19 patients - NaijaAgroNet

The Nutrition Society of Nigeria (NSN) has called on the Federal Government to scale up social protection for the citizens, insisting that nutrition as part of healthcare that deserves requisite attention especially for COVID-19 infected persons, reports NaijaAgroNet.

NSN President, Dr Bartholomew I. C. Brai in a press statement made available to 
NaijaAgroNet, said there is need to intensify interventions on community against acute malnutrition and similar ongoing interventions.

This, he said, could be done by both the government and stakeholders alike towards the provision of food and nutrition support to indigent households, mostly COVID-19 patients with attention on energy, protein and fluid balance maintenance.

The Society advised that following high mortality among older people affected by COVID-19, “adequate nutrition and management of secondary conditions cum infection of the older population should be ensured.”

They also called for proper use of personal protective equipment and hand santisizers by all health workers and support staff to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

“Likewise, periodic disinfection of surface systems including doorknobs, doorways, tables, shopping cart/basket handles, elevator buttons and scales in supermarkets, market stalls, clinics, and other public facilities should be enforced,” he advised.

NSN noted that following loss of purchasing power, food price hikes, and panic purchase already exist, stressing that the government should make efforts to stabilize food supply and regulate food prices.

“Suggested measures include the release of food stocks from grain reserves, tax relief on food items, relaxation of the restriction on food distribution channels, and scale-up support for smallholder farmers. In addition, food surveillance system,” the president said.

Nenye Dom/Editor

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