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Native Children (Malnutrition)

Volume 529: debated on Wednesday 7 July 1954

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asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies how far the recent influx into some of the native reserves in Kenya has resulted in starvation or malnutrition among the children in these reserves; and whether the supply of maize meal or the capacity to pay for it by those in need is yet exhausted.

There have been no cases of starvation, but in a few areas there have been some indications of malnutrition among children. The Kenya Government, assisted by voluntary agencies, have arranged for such cases to be treated promptly and extra milk and supplementary diets are provided as necessary.There is no shortage of maize meal and where people cannot pay for it from their own resources the children are provided with free food or their parents are given paid employment on reconstruction projects.