Govt urged to adopt feed­ing tem­plate for IDPs

Daily Trust - - ASO CHRONICLE - By Taiwo Adeniyi

The fed­eral gov­ern­ment has been urged to con­sider pro­vid­ing bal­anced diet in­stead of sev­eral sta­ple foods to the in­ter­nally dis­placed per­sons as a rem­edy to the acute mal­nour­ish­ment in the var­i­ous IDP camps.

The ini­tia­tor of Yel­low jer­ri­can Save a Child Foun­da­tion, Adaora Onyechere, who said this while ad­dress­ing the press in Abuja, called for the adop­tion and im­ple­men­ta­tion of a gen­er­ally ac­cept­able tem­plate for the feed­ing of the IDPs.

She said gov­ern­ment should work with non­govern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tions and other rel­e­vant agen­cies to for­mu­late a bal­anced diet tem­plate with which food would be given to the IDPs.

“All the non­govern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tions should be able to pro­vide a bal­anced diet tem­plate for one camp at a time. The tem­plate would be that ev­ery food that is given to the IDPs must be a bal­anced diet,” she said.

While un­veil­ing the group’s cam­paign against mal­nour­ish­ment in the IDP camps tagged, “Rice is Not Enough,” she said mal­nour­ish­ment can­not be ad­e­quately tack­led with sta­ple foods and with­out the ci­ti­zens’ par­tic­i­pa­tion.

“We are saying that it is not enough to just send food to the camps, be­cause if the food were enough they would not be in the state they are right now. When you look at the eval­u­a­tion of the NGO, UNICEF and UNHCR, you find out that there is an in­crease of non-bal­anced diet in the camps.

“It is not enough to just go and drop rice and maize when you have nurs­ing moth­ers, and young chil­dren who are grow­ing up be­cause when you look at the method of dis­tri­bu­tion, the peo­ple who need the food don’t get it,” she said.

Onyechere said that when a child does not have ac­cess to milk out­side breast­feed­ing, the child is bound to be mal­nour­ished, adding that pro­teins and other classes of food should also be dis­trib­uted to the camps.

“There is no mon­i­tor­ing and eval­u­a­tion sys­tem, the food dis­trib­uted is not the ma­jor­ity of the diet of what these peo­ple need,” she also said.

She said the gov­ern­ment was do­ing its part and called for citizen par­tic­i­pa­tion and col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the National Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency and other civil so­ci­ety or­gan­i­sa­tions and re­search or­gan­i­sa­tions to be able to for­mu­late and adopt a tem­plate across the camp.

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