The number of malnourished children in Maracha district is worrying health officials and political leaders.
Sunday Cadribo the District Health Officer (DHO) Maracha has confirmed. He said, a total of 234 children are reported malnourished in the district with girls leading.
Cadribo said 59.4percent of the malnourished children are girls while 40.6percent are boys. The highly affected sub county is Oluvu believed to hit by the increasing number of malnourished children.
Cadribo said the district health sector conducted a survey last year and attributes the malnutrition cases to domestic violence, separation, divorce, poor child spacing, and fathers spending money on alcohol leaving women to struggle for food alone.
William Dribaku the vice chairman Maracha district said the district is aware of the cases of malnutrition and that is why the government has put a new project of multi-sectoral food security and nutrition program in primary schools to be implemented by the head teachers.
He appealed to those implementing the multi-sectoral food security and nutrition program in primary schools to take it seriously to ensure cases of malnutrition in the District is reduced.
James Acidri the Member of Parliament for Maracha East County said there is need for concerted effort to combat cases of malnutrition if Uganda is to attain the middle income status like other countries.
He says West Nile is one of the region that is under threat due to the increasing malnutrition cases.