Monday, 11 May 2015

49 percent of Women of Reproductive Age are Suffering from Anaemia---NSN Discloses

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Nigeria faces one of the largest burdens of micro- nutrient deficiencies with anaemia the most common in women and children, says President of Nutrition Society of Nigeria, NSN, Prof Ngozi Nnam.

Nnam at a press conference in Lagos organised by Unilever Nigeria in partnership with NSN on the impact of iron deficiency anaemia in Nigeria, explained that the major cause of anaemia, approximately 50 per cent of the cases, were due to iron deficiency.

“Specifically, 49 per cent of women of reproductive age have anaemia, 24.3 per cent have low iron stores and 12.7 per cent of them are iron deficient.
“These figures indicate that majority of adolescent girls and women did not meet the iron requirements of 20 milligrams per day as recommended by the Food and Agricultural Organisation, FAO, and World Health Organisation, WHO,” she said.
According to her, iron deficiency anaemia is a condition in which the red blood cells or their oxygen-carrying capacity is insufficient to meet physiological needs of the body. “This leads to symptoms such as fatigue, dizziness, weakness, drowsiness, shortage of breath,” she added.
She further said that anaemia is one reason why young women often get tired easily. Nnam expressed concern that the typical Nigerian diet, eaten by women of reproductive age and children, are low in iron-rich foods



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