The World Health Organization (WHO) has embarked on a program to eliminate malnutrition among children below the age of five in Busoga region.
Dr Florence Turyashemerwe the officer in charge nutrition at WHO while handing over motorcycles and laptops to district health officers of Iganga, Namutumba and Luuka at Hotel Continental in Iganga Municipality, said malnutrition cases among children below five in the region have been on the rise during the past few years.
This he said is a result of failure by mothers to breastfeed their children for at least six months after birth and malaria amongst expectant mothers.
She said previously WHO through a local non-governmental organization, Communication for Development Foundation in Uganda (CDFU) sensitized expectant mothers in Busoga about the dangers of failing to breast feed their children for at least six months but the response has been negative.
Turyashemerwe said a total of 4678 expectant mothers have been receiving nutrition boosters and mosquito nets avoid contracting malaria as one of the preventive measures.
She urged district leaders to set aside funds meant to cater for the fight against malnutrition among children.
Turyashemerwe said the motorcycles and laptops are to be used strictly for mobilizing expectant mothers in the region to improve on their nutrition.
She cautioned the beneficiary district health officers against misusing the motorcycles by diverting them for their personal use.
The district health officer Iganga, Dr David Muwanguzi said the equipment donated to the districts will effectively help in monitoring cases of malnutrition among children below the age of five.
Muwanguzi said previously there has been an increase in cases of malnutrition in the region because some parents attribute it to witchcraft.
The deputy resident district commissioner Iganga, John Ogumbo urged parents to share responsibility in their homes as a way of raising their children well.