Honiara : 7 June 2017
Letter to the Editors, Solomon Star and Island Sun Newspapers.
Full details from the report into the Solomon Islands national statistics development strategy are yet to emerge, but it has already been claimed, according to yesterday’s SIBC news bulletin that poor nutritional intake by children resulting in stunting remains one of the top development challenges in the country.
The SIBC bulletin mentioned that the government statistician, Mr Douglas Kimi, said that 32 percent of children under five years were stunted, while 10 percent of them were severely stunted.
Mr Kimi was also quoted by the SIBC as saying, “This is a result of poor health and nutritional factors resulting from the country’s poor socio- economic conditions.”
“This will have implications on reduced work capacity, which will further impede our national economic productivity,” he concluded.