KENYAN CHILDREN FED THE BEST

NAIROBI, Children in Kenya are fed the best diets in Africa, according to a World Health Organization (WHO) report which shows that Kenya is the only country on the continent where data on child nutrition are available and which has a percentage measure of above 20 per cent of the minimum acceptable diet proportion.

The report, which was released in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, last week is a summary measure of diet quantity and quality for the child’s age and consumption of at least four food groups per day. According to the WHO, the average consumption of the minimum acceptable diet is 8.6 per cent.

This measure is lowest in Guinea at 3.7 per cent and highest in Kenya at 21.8 per cent. A total of 15 countries have percentages of 10 and above with six countries — Congo, CAte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Gabon, Guinea and Liberia — recording percentages below five per cent.

Elsewhere, health officials in Embu County in central Kenya are on high alert after new cholera infections were reported in the county this week. County Health Director Dr. Stephen Kaniaru said Wednesday the newest case was reported on Tuesday in Kamurugu area in Mbeere South sub-county.

This brings the number of cholera infections in the county to 47 since the first case was reported on Oct 21. Three people, one from Kanduri area in Embu East and two from Mbeere South sub-counties have since died of the disease, after failing to seek medical attention in time.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK