Glorious day care, Kindergarten and primary School Tororo has donated food items worth over two million shillings to Malnutrition ward at Tororo Main hospital. This after a report indicating an increase in the number of children admitted at the facility with malnutrition ailments.
The school management packaged different food items including fruits, sugar, bread, beverages among others and delivered them yesteday to the affected children at the hospital.
One of the mothers nursing a child with kwashiorkor but preferred anonymity attributed the problem to poverty that has left many parents unable to feed their children on recommended diet.
She appreciated Glorious Daycare for the donation confessing that she had no food even for today.
Samuel Othieno, a teacher in charge of Nutrition at the school says they decided to offer these items after a feasibility study that revealed that malnutrition was a serious problem that needed to been addressed at school.
Othieno has asked different stakeholders in Tororo district to draw keen attention towards supporting of malnourished children.
Lona Nadongo a pupil in P.6 class revealed that after seeing the malnourished children, she will drum support wherever she goes to see that malnutrition is addressed.
Oliver Namusobiya, the school head teacher called on parents and guardians to engage in planting crops that provide the different food values need for children’s proper growth.
In an interview with journalists yesterday, the district health officer David Okumu said malnutrition currently stands at 47% in the district and he most affected sub counties are Kisoko, Nabuyoga, Kwapa amongst others.
He notes that malnutrition could be the major cause of poor performance in the district because it’s affecting the development of many children’s brains.