A professor of Biochemistry, Osaretin Ebuehi has linked malnutrition to violent behaviours and insecurity across the country.
Prof. Ebuehi made this assertion at the 18th convocation lecture of the Ambrose Alli University titled, “Impact of Malnutrition on National Development” which he delivered in Ekpoma, Esan West Local Government area of Edo.
Ebuehi who is the Head of department of Biochemistry, college of medicine, University of Lagos attributed malnutrition to the cause of anti-social and aggressive behaviour amongs the youths.
According to him, resources allocated to preventing and eliminating diseases would not be effective if the underlying causes of malnutrition and their consequences were addressed.
He said for any significant national development to be achieved therefore, the government must invest heavily in agriculture.
He also lamented that malnutrition was responsible for the death of about 8000 children below four years annually in Nigeria.
He said since malnutrition leads to impaired mental and physical development of children, it fundamentally constitutes impairment to the social and economic development of developing country like Nigeria.
“Malnutrition has economic ripples effects that can jeopardize national development. Nutrition is a corner stone that effects and defines the health of all people, rich and poor.
“It paves the way for us to grow, develop, work, play, resist infection and aspire to realization of our fullest potentials as individuals and societies. Conversely, malnutrition makes us all more vulnerable to disease and premature death.
“Compromising health is tantamount to wreaking havoc on the socio-economic development of any country, including Nigeria,” he posited.
Among dignitaries that graced the occasion were the Etsu Nupe, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar , Chancellor of the Ambrose Alli University and the Pro-Chancellor, Chief Nosakhare Isekhure.