By Hassan Zaggi
The United Nation Children’s Fund (UNICEF) through the funding of the UK Department for International Development (DfID) has admitted 38,700 children affected by acute malnutrition in the north east for treatment.
An official of UNICEF, Dr. Martins Jackson, disclosed this at a 2-day media dialogue put together by the UNICEF in partnership with the Federal Ministry of the Information and Culture with funding from UK Department for International Development (DfID), in Yola, recently.
Findings revealed that one Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) case for every 6 children are reported in 3 North Eastern emergency states and one SAM case for every 7 children are reported in 9 northern none emergency states, while only one SAM case for every 7.1 children is reported in the rest of the country
Dr. Jackson further revealed that DfID in partnership with UNICEF has been able to reach1,239,802 children with Vitamin A supplement.
According to him: “Through the support of DfID, UNICEF is able to reach1,239,802 children with Vitamin A supplement and about 38,700 children suffering from Severe Acute Malnutrition have been admitted for treatment.
“Also, 195,000 pregnant women received Iron/Folate supplement, 32,300 pregnant and lactating mothers received N5,000 monthly and 6,500 community members reached with WASH activities.
“On the other hand, DfID contribution procured a bit more than 200,000 carton of RUTF enough to covers 240,000 children with SAM.”
Speaking earlier, the Deputy Director/head of Child Rights Information Bureau in the Federal Ministry of Information, Olumide Osanyinpeju, applauded the DfID, UNICEF and other partners for their consistent support towards the promotion of the health of women and children in Nigeria .
While insisting that there is the need for massive investment in child malnutrition, Osanyinpeju said, “there is the need for investment in children for the future, raising awareness and understanding on he problem of malnutrition in Nigeria and resource allocation for food and nutrition security at all levels.
“It is imperative to combat malnutrition because it can cause death in young children, particularly, those under five years. There should be concerted efforts to fight malnutrition out in totality to ensure the attainment of desired results.