33% of Ugandan children are stunted, says PM Rugunda
Prime Minister, Dr Ruhakana Rugunda has called upon leaders at all levels in the country to spearhead the campaign for scaling up nutrition especially among the children and women of child bearing age.
Mr Rugunda said government cannot make real gains in tackling poverty unless the problem of child stunting is urgently addressed.
He said malnutrition especially among children stunts their bodies, their minds and their potential to fully contribute to the country’s economy.
The Premier made the remarks while presiding over the joint policy coordination committee meeting on nutrition at the office of the Prime Minister on Tuesday.
Mr Rugunda said an issue paper on nutrition had been prepared with support from World Food Programme (WFP) to feed into the second phase of the national development plan (NDP 2) and a concept note to develop school feeding policy with a multi-sectoral approach had been finalized.