By Derrick Silimina
A nutritionist says smart investment in nutrition is key to exploit locally grown agricultural produce in a bid to avert social and financial costs of malnutrition in the country.
Kalumbila District Health Nutritionist Wilson Hachianzala noted that adequate availability of food supplies; assured access to sufficient food for all individuals; and its proper utilisation is imperative to provide a proper and balanced diet.
“We need to support foods that are more nutritious such that once the communities get the knowledge of what we are providing now during this programme titled nutrition demos, they will live long with a sustainable way of sourcing their nutrition from the locally grown foods,” Hachianzala said during FQM’s Health and Wellness nutrition outreach programme held on Friday at Jiwundu rural health centre in Kalumbila district.
Recently, the mining giant launched a health initiative, dubbed: Butuntulu Bwa Nyaunda – loosely translated to as ‘community health and wellness,’ a community development initiative that seeks to address health concerns in townships in and around the mine’s catchment areas. The community health programme is aimed at complementing the government’s efforts to improve the health and wellness of people in rural communities.