A five-year County Nutrition Action Plan was on Wednesday launched in Nandi County.
According to Governor Sang, the Nutrition Action Plan is aimed at improving the state of nutrition in the County.
Speaking during the launch that was attended by Nutrition International President Joel Spicer, Governor Sang said the plan provides a road map to address and reverse malnutrition.
He said it was unacceptable that the county has a high level of malnutrition.
“According Kenya Demographic and Health Survey 2014, the prevalence of stunting among children under five years was at 29.9% way above the national level of 26%; wasting was at 4% while underweight was at 11%. These figures are unacceptable,” said Sang.
Governor Sang said his administration now targets to reduce malnutrition in the county by 50 percent in the next five years.
He said one of the intervention that the county government took in efforts to fight malnutrition, was to increase in the number of nutrition staff from 18 in 2017 to 74 in 2019.
The action plan was developed in partnership with Nutrition International and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).
NI President Joel Spicer lauded the County Government of Nandi for investing in preventive and promotive health care.
He pointed out that they will continue working closely with Governor Sang’s administration in the programme aimed at improving the county’s nutrition status.
The event was also attended by Nandi County Deputy Governor Dr Yulita Cheruiyot, NI Regional Director Dr Richard Pendame and MCAs from Nandi County.