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President Filipe Nyusi says that his government will not rest until it has eliminated the malnutrition currently affecting just over 43 per cent of children under five years of age in Mozambique.
Speaking at the opening of the fifth session of the Central Council of the ‘Continuadores’ (’Followers) Organisation in Matola last Friday, President Nyusi said that two out of 10 children continue to require treatment for acute malnutrition, a statistic of grave concern to the executive.
To reverse this scenario, the president is putting in place measures aimed at changing behavior and raising awareness of good nutrition habits. “We will not rest until we eliminate malnutrition rates in children,” the president said.
The president also spoke of the need for births to take place in healthcare institutions and not at home, which in some cases puts the health and life of both mothers and newborns at risk.
Nyusi said that the government was creating conditions for an increase in the rate of institutional births, which had risen to 76.6 percent in 2016 from 75.4 percent in 2015.
“We continue to make efforts to make vaccine available to all children and to complete all vaccines during the first year of life, and are strengthening the mobile vaccination teams,” the president also noted.
Filipe Nyusi instills a spirit of work and honesty in children
The president urged the public at the Continuadores meeting to remember that “the country was won on the basis of the sacrifice of the best children of the Mozambican people”, from which he must learn early on in life that success can only be achieved on the basis of honesty, sacrifice and hard work.
The meeting revised some of the children’s organisation’s statutes in order to adapt them current circumstances and elected the bodies that will guide the organization’s work over the next five years.
The Organização dos Continuadores de Moçambique was established in October 1985 by the first president of Mozambique, Samora Machel, with the aim of promoting the rights of the child as well as conveying the values of patriotism and work.Source: O País / TVM
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