Experts in the health and nutrition sector have called for dietary diversification in the country to reduce the rate of malnutrition and tackle protein deficiency.
The stakeholders made the call yesterday during an interactive seminar done online, with the theme ‘Protein Deficiency: Bridging the Knowledge Gap’.
A nutritionist and professor of Human Nutrition and Dietetics, University of Calabar, Henrietta Nkechi Ene-Obong said adequate knowledge and information must be disseminated to the public to inform them about locally available protein-rich food sources and how to diversify the family diet.
Professor Ene-Obong who quoted the Nigerian Protein Deficiency Report 2019, said Nigeria had a high number of children affected by malnutrition and protein deficiency.
She observed that protein deficiency had lingered on due to the low dietary diversity, monotonous diets and poor feeding habits.
She therefore called on every Nigerians to adopt a healthy balance diets in order to reduce the increasing numbers of malnutrition cases in the country.