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Malnutrition: CISLAC lauds Jigawa’s social protection programme



The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) has commended Jigawa State Government for the implementation of social protection protection to address poverty and malnutrition in the state.

Ms Chioma Kanu, CISLAC Programme Manager on Health, stated this when the organisation paid a courtesy visit to Gov. Badaru Abubakar, on Thursday in Kaduna.

Kanu lauded the state government’s allocation of N100 million for procurement of Ready-To-Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF), to treat acute malnourished children.

She also commended members of the state House of Assembly for dedicating N150 million under the constituency projects, to avoid stock-out of RUTF at the Community Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAN) facilities.

According to her, sustaining CMAM activities remains paramount in complementing existing efforts for preventive and curative measures against Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) in the state.

Kanu said: “We are calling on the government to prioritise integration of RUTF, as part of essential medicine to ensure sustained treatment of SAM cases.

”We also want Jigawa State Government to scale up CMAM interventions in all the local government areas to ensure SAM children have access to treatment.

CISLAC equally want the state government to ensure adequate budgetary allocation, cash-backing and timely release of nutrition fund to sustain interventions”.

She further called on the government to adopt multi-sectoral approach to financing nutrition through synergy and integrated service delivery in all relevant Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs).

She stressed the need for recruitment of additional nutritionists to provide services in primary healthcare facilities for the benefits of children at the grassroots.

”The state government should also promote integrated farming, value innovation and reorientation in traditional agricultural production to promote standardisation for healthy food consumption.

”We have been engaging legislature, the executive, civil societies, media, traditional rulers and women groups in Jigawa on issues affecting prevention and treatment of SAM,” she added.

Kanu reiterated commitment to support the state government to effectively address the challenge of malnutrition.

Also speaking, Abubakar noted that Jigawa State used to record worst nutrition indices in the country.

Abubakar, however, said the situation was gradually improving following various interventions being implemented to address the scourge.

He said that his administration was open to work with partners willing to support in improving nutrition indices of women and children.

The governor thanked CISLAC for the visit, describing the organisation as a “worthy partner” in the fight against malnutrition.

He urged the organisation to work with his technical team to arrive at a comprehensive plan, cost implication, benefits and timeline for implementation of all issues the state should address.

”I assure you that when I see the detail analyses of what needs to be done, how, when it will be done and what the benefits are, I will make funds available for implementation,” he said.

Abubakar promised to expand the scope of the widows empowerment programme to mobilise participation,to improve income generation of families and nutrition choices.

He explained that under the programme, a widow was given three goats to pay back in like-some after 18 months, adding that 14, 114 widows had so far benefited under the scheme.

The governor noted that the programme recorded significant successes with 87 per cent recovery and 92 per cent retention among beneficiaries.

Edited By: Chinyere Bassey/Rabiu Sani Ali

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