Kaduna State Government treats 12,251 malnourished children
Written by News Room on October 19, 2021
The Kaduna State Government says it has treated no fewer than 12,251 malnourished children between January and August 2021.
The State Nutrition Officer, Mrs Ramatu Musa, disclosed this in Zaria at the end of a two-day third quarter review meeting with Local Government Nutrition Focal Persons (NFPs).
Musa said that the figure was out of the 24,548 admitted at various Community Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) sites across the state.
She explained that out of the 24,548 children, 16,358 were new admissions, while 8,190 were spillover of untreated cases from 2020.
She also said that 46 children died from the deficiency condition within the period, indicating a significant reduction from the 124 deaths recorded between January and September of 2020.
Project Manager, Kaduna State Nutrition Emergency Action Plan (KADENAP), Mr Umar Bambale, said that the government and its partners were investing more on Community – Infant and Young Child Feeding (C-IYCF) practices.
The Project Coordinator, Accelerating Nutrition Result in Nigeria (ANRiN), Dr Zainab Muhammad-Idris, explained that there was general improvement in the activities of the local government nutrition focal persons.
Nutrition Specialist, UNICEF Kaduna, Mrs Chinwe Ezeife, who supported the review meeting, also commended the NFPs for efforts in supporting the implementation of preventive and curative services in the local government areas.