Number of malnourished children drops in Lundazi

Number of malnourished children drops in Lundazi.

LUNDAZI community medical officer Dr David Zulu says there is a notable reduction in the number of malnourished children in the area.

And Dr Zulu says his office requires tools to measure the levels of stunting in the Lundazi district.

Presenting a paper during the nutrition knowledge sharing and learning organised by Care at Crossroads Lodge in Chipata on Friday, Dr Zulu observed that most people had changed their mindsets on nutrition, reducing levels of malnutrition among children.

“The numbers of severely malnourished children have reduced over the past two years. There were a lot more before than now. From this, we can see that there is something that is happening now than before,” Dr Zulu said.

And Dr Zulu said the last survey conducted in the district showed that stunting in children was at 46 per cent, which was among the highest in the country.

“The measurement of these indicators, the data capturing tools that can be used to tell that we have reduced stunting, I think we need to improve on that. We know that we can’t determine in a year but we need to have tools or methods on the ground to ensure that we measure so that we see whether we are doing what we are supposed to do,” he said.

Dr Zulu said some projects like the first 1,000 most critical days were extended to the district due to the high levels of stunting in the area.

“Despite interventions being implemented, tools to capture the impact of those interventions in terms of giving these indicators are lacking. So I think we still need to work on that one. The national level has picked it up. I am sure they are developing tools, which will be some sort of universal, of course, in collaboration with partners,” said Dr Zulu.

Care project management coordinator Joseph Mumba said the programme was registering a lot of successes in the operational areas.