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CSO tasks Nasarawa Govt on acute malnutrition

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A group under the aegis of Civil Society Scaling Up Nutrition in Nigeria (CS-SUNN) in Nasarawa State has called on the State Government to pay more attention towards tackling acute malnutrition in the state.

Mr Envoh Okolo, the Secretary of the group, made the appeal on Tuesday during an assessment visit on the Community Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) programme to the two benefitting Primary Health Centres (PHCs) in Lafia.

According to him, the CMAM programme has yielded tremendous results in saving the lives of malnourished children.

The group however noted that the government needed to do more in order to reduce number of severely malnourished children at the verge of death.

“This is a very laudable programme that required adequate budgetary provision from the government towards the procurement of the Ready to Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF), other consumables as well as incentives to the volunteers working on the programme.

“For instance, at the Primary Health Centre in Kwandere near Lafia, we observed lack of personnel and shortage of RUTF as the challenges facing the programme,” Okolo added.

Similarly, at the Primary Health Centre in Tudun-Kauri, Okolo said inadequate staff was also indentified as the major challenge.

“The success story of the programme at this facility is quite encouraging as over 300 clients were enrolled into the programme within the last three months with some coming from Makurdi in Benue State,” he said.

He explained that the CMAM programme is an eight weeks special diet (RUTF) and treatment course for acute malnourished children.

“I strongly advocate that government should take up this programme with all the seriousness it deserved.

“Let it be the priority for the government to sustain the programme and see that our children survive malnutrition and live healthy and productive lives,’’ the scribe said.

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