You probably have come across kids with very brown hair. Or kids with swollen tummies. These kids usually have sunken eyes and sad faces.
This is usually a result of malnutrition. It’s amazing to realise that these kids are usually born to parents who depend on farming. Some of these parents grow a variety of crops and even carry out some sort of animal husbandry, poultry being the commonest.
It’s however not surprising to learn that someone with egg laying chickens would rather sell the eggs than spare some for the child just because that person feels eggs are eaten only by the well to do. A person with a milk producing cow might not spare half a litre for his/her child just because they feel the milk belongs to those in the hotel business for the patrons’ tea.
In many cases, a person will destroy all the nutrients in vegetables by frying them dead in the name of eating like the well-to-dos!
The message here is simple, malnutrition can be made history by handling it at all levels especially at the grassroots. Local leaders can play a leading role in the form sensitisation.
We, at the SundayMag, wish you a healthy diet.