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UNICEF, CIIF providing care for 279,542 malnourished children in Kaduna

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UNICEF, CIIF providing care for 279,542 malnourished children in Kaduna

As part of their own contribution towards fighting malnutrition, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and Children Investment Foundation Fund (CIFF) on Monday would be supporting the Kaduna State Government to treat about 279,542 severe acute malnourished (SAM) children.

Simeon Nanama, UNICEF chief of nutrition made the pledge during an assessment visit to Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) site at the Primary Health Care, Jaji, near Kaduna.

He stressed the need for increased intervention with focus on treatment of affected children to save them from avoidable death, adding that malnourished children are 12 times likely to die than healthy ones if not treated.

He said CIIF, a United Kingdom-based philanthropic organisation collaborates with other organisation around the world to improve the survival of children.

He also said UNICEF, in collaboration with CIFF was working in Nigeria to increase SAM health facilities for the treatment of affected children.

“Our goal is to ensure that treatment is available for majority of children affected with the disease, maintain high quality of treatment and ensure ownership and investment by local government areas in the programme, “ the nutrition chief said.

UNICEF Nutrition Specialist, UNICEF Kaduna, Chinwe Ezeife said the number of children suffering from SAM had increased from 271,400 in 2017 to 279,542 as at end of April 2018.

On his part the Chief of Field Office, UNICEF Kaduna, Dr Zakari Adam, appreciated the state’s commitment over the years in implementing nutrition policies and interventions.

 

He said “I particularly commended Kaduna state for mobilising domestic resources for financing nutrition interventions especially procurement of Ready to use Therapeutic Food (RUTF) used for the treatment of SAM.

 

”CIFF have been working in collaboration with UNICEF to scale up access to SAM treatment in Nigeria since 2014 and had so far spent about 60 million U.S. dollars,” Adam said.

 

He, therefore, urged the government to increase their funding level to make RUTF available to sustain Community Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) services, adding that partners funding alone could not sustain the programme.

Hajiya Ummi El-Rufa’I, the wife of the Kaduna State Governor and Chairperson, Kaduna State Emergency Nutrition Action Plan (KADENAP) thanked UNICEF and CIFF for the support.

She said 28 SAM treatment facilities are available in five LGAs, while 18 LGAs, representing 78 per cent of 23 the LGAs in the state are still without treatment facilities.

According to her, about 17,981 malnourished children were admitted in the facilities with 80 per cent of them successfully cured using RUTF.

She added that N750 million was spent between 2016 and 2017 to treat affected children.

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  1. Adegboyega Abimbola

    May 17, 2018 at 10:08 am

    You said as part of their own efforts it should be as part of its efforts UNICEF is an organization a body so using their is wrong grammatically nice report keep it up

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