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Nicaragua reaffirms commitment to eliminate child malnutrition

Managua, Jun 6 (Prensa Latina) The Vice President of Nicaragua, Rosario Murillo, reaffirmed the government's commitment to eliminate child malnutrition in the country.

During her speech on Monday, Murillo spoke of the most recent report of the nutritional census carried out in the country, which reported a level of chronic malnutrition of 7.8 percent in children from zero to six years of age.

“We are not satisfied at all, because as long as there are children with nutritional deficiencies, we will be committed (…) to overcome this gap,” she said.

Murillo affirmed that although there is a decrease in these cases compared to the previous year, “to us, these numbers are a challenge to continue working.”

The census, carried out jointly by the Ministry of Health (MINSA), community networks, mayors, health workers, and other organizations, also revealed that acute malnutrition in the aforementioned age range is 3.9 percent in 2023, 9.3 percent lower than last year.

The report also specifies that chronic malnutrition in Nicaragua represents 6.7 percent in the ages between six and 14 years, acute malnutrition is 2.7; while the percentage of overweight children is 4.7.


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