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Poverty Should Not Be a Hindrance against Proper Child Feeding

A community Health Nurse, Mr. Samuel Madjitey has called on parents and caregivers of children under five to ensure proper feeding of their children, urging them not to be dissuaded from ensuring that responsibility by poverty.

According to Mr. Samuel Madjitey who was speaking on the ‘Bim3 Ts)wi Ano Hi3mi’ (Child Care) show on Rite FM, poor dietary diversity remains a very big problem and urgent steps are needed to curb the situation. The community health nurse bemoaned the notion by most parents and caregivers which hinges on the perception that their children can grow only when they feed them on canned foods, a perception Mr. Madjitey discounted.

He encouraged farmers not to hesitate to feed their children with foodstuffs such as maize, cocoyam, yam, cassava, kontomire, Potato leaves, aleefu, turkey berries, agushie, banana, pawpaw, orange, etc and other crops that they grow.

He said farmers and parents can feed their children with what they grow without depending on canned and sachet foods.

Mr. Madjitey concluded that farm produce were more nutritious than what they bought from the markets and stores. He pressed on parents to see their children as gifts from God who are precious future treasures and invest much of their resources into them.

‘Bim3 Ts)wi Ano Hi3mi’ (Child Care) is aired on Rite FM on Sundays from 6pm to 7pm and repeated same time on Wednesdays.

The programme is sponsored by World Vision International (WVI), Mccay, University Nutrition Research Center, Farm Radio International and the Ghana Health Service.

Source: Austin Ofori Addo/ritefmonline.org

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