By SMART NEWS TEAM
West Pokot County has launched a Ksh1.3 billion County Nutrition Action Plan (CNAP) to curb the high chronic malnutrition rates in the county.
The county is the most affected with 46.6 percent of chronic malnutrition levels, according to the Kenya Demographic and Health Survey (KDHS) 2014 report released recently by Health Cabinet Secretary.
The CNAP, which was developed through a consultative process with nutrition stakeholders, notes that malnutrition is a great public health concern in Kenya.
“The country is experiencing a rise in diet related non-communicable diseases(NCDs), such as diabetes, cancer kidney and liver complications attributed to the consumption of foods low in fiber and high in fats and sugars,” stated CNAP report.
According to Catherine Mukenyang’, West Pokot County Executive Committee Member for Health & Sanitation Services, development of the plan will contribute immensely towards the realization of Vision 2030, Medium Term Plan 2,national and flagship projects and Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). She also observed that the county government Act gives the counties the power, functions and responsibilities to offer services to the population.
“It is said that 50 years after independence malnutrition is still a major health threat to kenya’s population especially children. Malnutrition continues to affect education, health and economy in the country” said Josephine Kachapin, the county first lady, when she officially launched the report.
Mrs Kachapin also acknowledged the role of the Nutrition Champion and called on government ministries to work closely with civil societies and private sectors to see that the malnutrion burden is reduced by at least 10% by the end of the year.