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We will work with media to revamp county nutrition reporting – Nasinkoi

Ruth Nasinkoi, County Nutrition Coordinator, during the training of journalists in Kajiado on Monday. PHOTO - KNU
Ruth Nasinkoi, County Nutrition Coordinator, during the training of journalists in Kajiado on Monday. PHOTO - KNU
Nutrition among children, Nasinkoi said, is highest in Kajiado East sub-county due to young women who leave their children to caregivers to work at Export Processing Zone Area and flower farms.

In every four births one child has impaired growth in Kajiado owing to poor diet diversification perpetuated by poverty, the county has said.

The county Nutrition Coordinator, Ruth Nasinkoi, said impaired growth in children, if not corrected between the date of birth and its 2nd birthday, will result in poor cognition and education outcomes.

“We can correct this anomaly by improving growth monitoring, nutrition education, counselling, integrated management of acute malnutrition and food by prescription,” said Nasinkoi.

Advocacy

Nasinkoi made the remarks during a media training on early child development advocacy workshop in Kajiado town attended by more than 20 journalists from all media organisations in the country.

She said owing to the worrying situation of malnutrition, the county students may not compete fairly with others in national examinations.

Africa Media Network for Health Chairman (Kajiado Chapter) Kurgat Marindany addresses participants during the ECD training for journalists. PHOTO - KNU
Africa Media Network for Health Chairman (Kajiado Chapter) Kurgat Marindany addresses participants during the ECD training for journalists. PHOTO – KNU

Early childhood capitation grand for children joining the school in Nairobi is Sh 3,400 per child while insiders in Kajiado say is providing Sh 1, 000 per child in selected centres.

Nasinkoi said stunting (impaired growth) in children can be corrected before and after a child is born from the third week of conception, through birth and before its second birthday. 

Diet

Poor diet diversification, hygiene, sanitation, recurrent drought, low nutrition knowledge, and high workload for women contribute immensely to stunting in children.

Nutrition among children, Nasinkoi said, is highest in Kajiado East sub-county due to young women who leave their children to caregivers to work at Export Processing Zone Area and flower farms.

She said infants should be allowed exclusive and compulsory breastfeeding for six months from birth because enzymes for digestion are not ready during the period.

Present during the training was the county director of public health services, Samson Saigilu, ECD programme director at Kenya Aids NGO Consortium (KANCO), Stephen Ikonya, KANCO’s campaign manager, Rahab Mwaniki and the Africa Media Network for Health ( Kajiado Chapter) chairman, Kurgat Marindany.

The journalists were trained on ECD advocacy and strengthening their understanding of children’s rights.

They were empowered as forces of social change so that they can alter the realities of the society which they serve.

Truthful

Marindany, a senior journalist at Star, called on the organisers of the training to provide truthful information to the media so that the consumers of such information on nutrition and health issues are directed positively.

He raised concerns with the county health department that has refused to work with the media and viewing journalists as perpetrators of rumours.

“We have been sidelined by the county because of that perception, which is not right. From now henceforth we will work closely with the Nasinkoi and Saigilu to report positively all the efforts they make to correct the issues of nutrition in the county,” said Marindany.

 

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