Residents in Bugesera district particularly parents are encouraged to feed their children food that contains vitamins for better growth and fighting malnutrition.
This was resolved at Nyamata health centre where parents come for advice on how to prepare balanced diet.
Jeanne Mukamusoni, a nurse at Nyamata Health Centre says that most residents have not yet understood how to make a balanced diet.
“They think balanced diet is chips, rice, meat and others which they give to their children especially after weaning at a young age,” Mukamusoni narrates.
She adds that after weaning, children are likely to suffer from malnutrition and shows symptoms if they not
Mukamusoni urges parents to give their children balanced diet from the available food in their gardens like Irish potatoes, beans, cassava and others.
Vegetables of every type should be given to children to fight malnutrition, Mukamusoni explains.
Meat is among the foods that build the body but since it cannot be afforded by all parents, but soya, g. nuts and eggs can replace them.
Mukamusoni stresses that soya flour, millet flour; maize flour and wheat make delicious porridge and good for children and grownups in fighting malnutrition.
She advises parents to use family planning and space children because children need enough time of breast milk that has many nutrients.