Malnutrition costs Ghana economy $2.6 billion annually

by Dasmani Laary

Child being weighed by health care worker to see if the child may be malnourished. ©Matthew Abbott/AP/SIPA
Child being weighed by health care worker to see if the child may be malnourished.  “In the Northern Region of Ghana, 30 percent of children under five are stunted or chronically malnourished,” the report said. “This not only affects their growth but also their educational development and economic potential, and consequently the future of the country.” Photo: ©Matthew Abbott/AP/SIPA

Ghana loses $2.6 billion annually, or 6.4 percent of its gross national product, due to problems associated with poor nutrition in children, a United Nations report has revealed.