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MINISTRY TO MONITOR CLUBS

Botha- Bothe, Apr. 04 — Botha-Bothe’s Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security, and Nutrition is currently monitoring nutrition clubs in the district in a bid to find mitigation strategies to curb nutrition in the country.

In a meeting on the update on nutrition today, the District Nutrition Officer from the Ministry of Agriculture, food security and Nutrition, Ms. Paulina Lekeba said they are visiting and trying to resuscitate some of the Nutrition clubs in the district so that they serve the purpose they are meant for.

Ms. Lekeba explained nutrition clubs as groups of people in communities who have an agreement to talk about nutrition and find ways on how they are going to live a nutritious life together as families and the community at large. She said the clubs were first formed as social groups but later became social groups.

She said   the aim is to establish nutrition clubs in the country at large, indicating that the ministry together with international partners has started planning social visits of the nutrition clubs from one district to another.

Ms. Lekeba disclosed that Botha- Bothe will this month get nutrition club visitors from Mohale’s Hoek on April 11- 12.

“Botha-Bothe is one of the districts which have been hit by malnutrition and anaemia even though strides are being made to make sure that people understand the importance of eating nutritious food. If people understand and work hard to make sure they produce nutritious food for themselves then we can beat these two monsters facing the district,” He said. 

He mentioned that they realised that people do not know or understand what is meant by eating nutritious food. 

On the one hand, District Child and Gender Protection Unit Officer, Lesuoa Nqhae indicated that they have realised that some families have squabbles because of lack of food in the family. 

He pleaded with the relevant ministries to make sure that they curb the issue of food insecurity so that families can leave harmonious and healthy lifestyles. He added that sometimes when they go down to the villages in an effort to resolve the fights, they find that children are trapped in the fights and sometimes abandoned with no food to eat.

Mr. Nqhae however indicated that his office usually transfers such families to Social development or other relevant ministries to handle the matter of food insecurity and malnutrition.

According to the World Food Programme January 2023 country brief, Lesotho loses 7.13 percent of its Gross Domestic Product to chronic malnutrition, and around 33 percent of children under the age of 5 years are stunted, with a low height for their age.                

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MINISTRY TO MONITOR CLUBS

Botha- Bothe, Apr. 04 — Botha-Bothe’s Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security, and Nutrition is currently monitoring nutrition clubs in the district in a bid to find mitigation strategies to curb nutrition in the country.

In a meeting on the update on nutrition today, the District Nutrition Officer from the Ministry of Agriculture, food security and Nutrition, Ms. Paulina Lekeba said they are visiting and trying to resuscitate some of the Nutrition clubs in the district so that they serve the purpose they are meant for.

Ms. Lekeba explained nutrition clubs as groups of people in communities who have an agreement to talk about nutrition and find ways on how they are going to live a nutritious life together as families and the community at large. She said the clubs were first formed as social groups but later became social groups.

She said   the aim is to establish nutrition clubs in the country at large, indicating that the ministry together with international partners has started planning social visits of the nutrition clubs from one district to another.

Ms. Lekeba disclosed that Botha- Bothe will this month get nutrition club visitors from Mohale’s Hoek on April 11- 12.

“Botha-Bothe is one of the districts which have been hit by malnutrition and anaemia even though strides are being made to make sure that people understand the importance of eating nutritious food. If people understand and work hard to make sure they produce nutritious food for themselves then we can beat these two monsters facing the district,” He said. 

He mentioned that they realised that people do not know or understand what is meant by eating nutritious food. 

On the one hand, District Child and Gender Protection Unit Officer, Lesuoa Nqhae indicated that they have realised that some families have squabbles because of lack of food in the family. 

He pleaded with the relevant ministries to make sure that they curb the issue of food insecurity so that families can leave harmonious and healthy lifestyles. He added that sometimes when they go down to the villages in an effort to resolve the fights, they find that children are trapped in the fights and sometimes abandoned with no food to eat.

Mr. Nqhae however indicated that his office usually transfers such families to Social development or other relevant ministries to handle the matter of food insecurity and malnutrition.

According to the World Food Programme January 2023 country brief, Lesotho loses 7.13 percent of its Gross Domestic Product to chronic malnutrition, and around 33 percent of children under the age of 5 years are stunted, with a low height for their age.                

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