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Kenya’s health ministry said on Tuesday it has partnered with industry and charity groups to implement a national food fortification program in order to reduce malnutrition levels in the country.

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Senior officials said on Tuesday the government has invested in infrastructure, trained personnel and public awareness in order to facilitate uptake of fortified foods in malnutrition hotspots.

Principal Secretary for Health Khadijah Kassochoon said at a national food fortification conference in Nairobi the government will expand access to micro-nutrients in order to tackle a growing malnutrition challenge in Kenya.
“The Kenyan government recognizes and appreciates the role micronutrients play in maternal and child survival. We have adopted bold strategies like mandatory fortification of maize and vegetable oils to improve nutrition status in the country,”Kassochoon said.

The health ministry and partners has developed national guidelines to facilitate deployment of micro-nutrients at the grassroots level.

Kassochoon said food fortification is embedded in the national food security and nutrition policy.
“We have achieved significant gains since the inception of the national food fortification program. There are continued efforts to improve the capacity of the industry and regulatory agencies to produce safe quality foods,” said Kassochoon.

Kenya has focused on innovative strategies to address a malnutrition crisis that affects women and children disproportionately.

Official statistics indicate that vitamin A deficiency affects 80 percent of Kenyan children below five years while 43 percent of women of reproductive age are affected by iron deficiency. Enditem

Source; Xinhua

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