By Sadique Bamwita
Food for the Hungry, a non-profit NGO yesterday handed over medicines worth $180,000 USD to the National Medical Stores (NMS) to help in the fight against malnutrition among young children in Uganda.
Speaking at the handover ceremony of over 5.1 million doses of Vitamin A capsules and Albendozole tablets to the National Medical Stores Headquarters in Entebbe, Malvern Chikanya, the Country Director Food for the Hungry, said the donated medicines will help to address child poverty and easy access to basic essential medicines so that no child is left behind.
On the other hand, Dr. Charles Olaro, the Director Clinical services at the Ministry of Health, noted that the national deficiency of Vitamin A stands at 7% and iron anemia at 53% and on the side of iodine supplements the country is doing well with 99% of people using iodine salt.
He adds that deficiency of micro nutrients is hidden malnutrition and affects cognitive function of children.
Dr. Olaro also added that the Ministry of Health is committed to end all forms of malnutrition and that thousands of children in Uganda suffer from under nutrition and thus the donated medicines will help to promote health survival of young children.
Dr. Moses Kamabare, the General manager National Medical Stores, hailed the donors for their generosity towards improving the health and nutrition of young children and called on Food for The Hungry to continue donating medicines every year.