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Providing a balance diet for children is very important for their growth and it should be a priority for parents as diseases and weak immune system are results of poor diet.
This is a piece of advice from the Nutrition Program Officer Annie Leo from the Honiara City Council (HCC) Pikinini clinic.
“Children are more vulnerable and this will be more risky if parents did not give the most nutritious food needed from the three food groups that is important for their growth,” Mrs Leo said.
She said most children who seek medical attention at the pikinini clinic were sick because of poor diet.
“More children were sick due to continuous negligence from their parents to provide a balance diet that is necessary for their health and development.
“One thing I have noticed was most parents lack the knowledge of family healthy practices,” she said when announcing that the new clinic will re-open again after it was affected by teh April flash floods last year.
Mrs Leo said parents should not have any excuses for not providing a balance diet for their children since local food are encouraged.
“Nutritious food can be grown behind our houses and anywhere.”
“Parents must cultivate wee food gardens at their backyard; this would help supply them with enough nutritious food for their children and their families.
“Money is not an excuse, parents must learn to do backyard farming as it can help provide healthy food and also save money,” she added.
She said the pikinini clinic will reopen next week.
By ‘AATAI JOHN