MWAPE MWENYA, Mwinilunga
MWINILUNGA district has recorded reduced malnutrition levels from 4.2 percent to 1.7 percent since 2015 to date.
Mwinilunga district commissioner Daniel Butali attributed the reduction to various interventions Government and various stakeholders are putting in place. Mr Butali was speaking when officials from the Food and Nutrition Commission of Zambia (FNCZ) paid a courtesy call at his office yesterday. FNCZ officials are in the district to meet beneficiaries of the scaling-up nutrition project, a concept being spearheaded and funded by the organisation, and supported by five government ministries. The five are Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock, Ministry of Health, Ministry of General Education, Ministry of Local Government and Housing, and Ministry of Community Development and Social Services. Mr Butali said Government is making strides in ensuring malnutrition and stunting levels in children are reduced to the expected standards of the World Health Organisation. “This programme is a milestone to our people, with reduced malnutrition; Government will now be spending money on developmental activities, instead of health complications. We will have a generation of healthy children,” Mr Butali said. He appealed to FNCZ to incorporate the supply of clean drinking water in their operation areas stating that safe drinking water is a challenge to people in remote areas. And district nutrition support coordinator Kalumba Chishipula said in an interview that the programme is targeting lactating mothers and children below the age of two. Mr Chishipula said the three-year project aims to reach out to 150 mothers and children in six wards, and is expected to be extended to all the 19 wards in the district. He said under the same project, more than 65 fish ponds have been created by beneficiaries who intend to venture into fish trading, as well as enhance protein intake at household level. And assistant aquaculture technical officer Chimuka Chifuwe said scaling up nutrition project injected K134,000 to boost the production of fingerlings for fish farmers. Mr Chifuwe said his office is providing technical support and ensuring fish farmers are implementing best practices in yielding good results. He said 30,000 fingerlings were given to more than 600 fish farmers in the six wards where the programme is being implemented.