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Over 30 percent of Ugandan children are stunted

08 May 2015, 16:40 Godfrey Olukya

Kampala - Health experts in the country are very much concerned by the growing number of stunted children, with statistics showing that 3 out of 10 (33 percent) Ugandan children are stunted.

A food and nutrition technical assistant, Brenda Namugumya said, ''That health problem has continued to manifest among
Ugandan kids but it also has greater negative effects on the growth of the kids as well as their lives in future.''

Brenda added that stunted children register poor performances at school, and that the problem follows them to the workplace.

This comes at a time when Uganda bureau of statistics had just released the Uganda national panel survey which
indicates that 35.3% Ugandan kids are stunted, with the largest number being from western Ugandan despite food abundance in the region.

In a related development, a policy analyst from the office of the Prime Minister, Boaz Musimenta has said that the  government is working on nutrition policy that will guide the population on how to feed as well as regulate food in the country.

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