CSO-SUN urges Government to recruit more nutritionists

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CIVIL Society Scaling Up Nutrition (CSO-SUN) Alliance Zambia says government should consider recruiting nutritionists among the 8,000 health workers that it is scheduled to recruit.

In an interview, CSO-SUN country director Mathews Mhuru said that Zambia continued to record a large number of deaths that were non- communicable diseases (NCDs) related deaths.

“The solution to this deadly situation are nutritionist as most people continue engaging themselves in life threatening lifestyles such as unhealthy diets and physical inactivity,” Mhuru said.

“On the other hand the country is affected by high levels of chronic malnutrition or stunting at 35 per cent. All these point to the food Zambians are eating.”

Mhuru noted that the alliance welcomed the move by the Minstry of Health to recruit 8,000 health workers in the country.

“With the target of 30, 000 health workers enlisted to be met by 2021, leading to Zambia closely addressing the high rates of maternal and Neo natal Mortality rates as well as the NCDs in the country, the alliance hopes that the statistics of death will be reduced” Mhuru noted.

He added that such deaths can be prevented by addressing diet and physical activity, tobacco and alcohol use.

“So if Zambia is to resolve its urgent health problems, then there is need for timely guidance from the nutritionists on lifestyles and the food people are supposed to be consuming,” stated Mhuru.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) shows that NCDs in 2016 contributed t0 the 33 per cent of deaths for all ages in Zambia as compared to the 23 per cent in 2014 adding that these statistics wereu worrying.

And the 2013-2014 Zambia Demographic Health Survey in terms of malnutrition, revealed that 40 per cent of children under the age of five were stunted, 5 per cent wasted, 15 per cent underweight and 9 per cent were estimated to be overweight.

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