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Need to address causes of stunting other than nutrition: government

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The key is not just nutritional intervention, other interventions are needed.

Jakarta (ANTARA) –

The Ministry of Health said that handling stunting is not just about providing additional nutritious food, but also paying attention to other factors that cause growth and development difficulties in toddlers.

“The cause of stunting is not only food, there are also toddlers who fall ill, so this disease must be treated first, or another example, the condition of the house must be improved,” said Director General of Public Health at the Ministry of Health Maria Endang Sumiwi in Jakarta. Friday.

Because stunting can be caused by factors other than food, handling it must involve many stakeholders, he added.

“The key is not just nutritional intervention, other interventions are needed,” he said.

He added, so far the Ministry of Health has focused on providing special and direct treatment to pregnant women and toddlers to handle stunting, for example improving nutrition through providing additional food.

“Toddlers who experience nutritional problems, such as not gaining weight, will be given additional food for two weeks,” he said.

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If toddlers have special problems, they are given additional nutritious food for a longer period or a maximum of eight weeks, while for pregnant women the period is 120 days.

Previously, Head of the National Population and Family Planning Agency (BKKBN) Hasto Wardoyo said people needed to be more creative in processing local food to overcome stunting.

“It is not difficult to find local food sources to treat stunting because they are abundant, such as fish from rivers which are rich in Omega-3 and protein, but it is necessary to train human resources on how to process fish,” he added.

He also underlined the importance of the first thousand days of life which are key in preparing a quality generation, as well as providing exclusive breastfeeding to toddlers.

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Translator: Lintang P, Kenzu
Editor: Yuni Arisandy Sinaga
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