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Malnourished children lose IQ points – FG

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The Federal Government has warned that children can lose up to 10 intelligent quotient points if they do not receive adequate nutrition and care in the first 1000 days of their lives.

The government said, “Malnourished children learn less in school and they are more likely to drop out of school and earn less as adults.”

The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, stated these while delivering a keynote address titled, Using mobile technology to expand access to health and nutrition services, during the inauguration of a nutrition programme and mobile-ready content for Nigeria, in Abuja.

According to him, early damage, which is irreversible, could cause impaired cognitive development, reduced learning ability and lost productivity in adult years.

He said that one-third (about 33 per cent) of children under age five suffered from chronic malnutrition.

“Malnutrition is known to slow economic growth and perpetuate poverty by reducing children’s brain development, their ability to learn and be productive citizens during their adult years. Evidence indicates that malnourished children learn less in school, are more likely to drop out of school and will earn less as adults.

“Most malnutrition happens in the first 1000 days of a child’s life – from conception to the child’s second birthday – and children lose up to 10 IQ points if they do not receive adequate nutrition and care in the first 1000 days of their lives. This early damage is essentially irreversible, with impaired cognitive development, reduced learning ability and lost productivity in adult years,” he said.

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