Health

Malnutrition threatens Kenyan children

KNH admits more than 20 children a week for in-patient care solely to deal with malnutrition. Photo/FILE
KNH admits more than 20 children a week for in-patient care solely to deal with malnutrition. Photo/FILE 

At the Kenyatta National Hospital in-patient children’s ward Grace Ouma from Huruma estate holds her son Elvis.

At nine months he weighs only 3.8 kilograms.

Elvis is severely malnourished and has Marasmus, in a pattern than is blighting thousands of Kenyan children — now across all classes — through eating foods empty of nutritional value.

At nine months, according to the nurse observing Elvis, his weight is equivalent to that of a healthy newborn baby.