Connect with us

Health

Malnutrition :Ebonyi saves 800 children from malnutrition

Published

on

The Ebonyi government through its Ministry of Health says it is currently treating over 800 children from acute malnutrition in the state.

The Nutrition Officer in the ministry, Mr Cyprain Ogbonna said on Friday while interacting with newsmen on the development in Abakaliki.

Ogbonna revealed that the figure were children selected across various communities and those who before the intervention battled with the scourge.

He said that a trained team at Maternal and Child Health (MCH), Onueke Health Center in Ezza South Local Government Area of the state, reviewed a case of a 59-months-old- boy, Master Kelechi Ede facing malnutrition in the state.

“In a document issued, it was gathered that Ede was one among the children facing severe malnutrtion but had bounced back to life.

“This followed effort of the officers working at MCH in Onueke who treated him with a supplement known as Therapeutic foods.

“It was established that before March 23, 2020, the life threatening form of undernutrition had made the child so skinny, stunted and  could only weight nine kilogramme.

“Before the dramatic change, the health officers were reviewing the patient on weekly basis and placed him on steady food clinically approved for treatment of such problem.

“Ede represents over 800 children whose lives had been saved while there are still numerous number in a similar condition in the state,” Ogbonna said.

Meanwhile, a report from National Nutrition Health Survey (NNHS) in 2018 made available to newsmen, stated that, if nothing is done, no fewer than 20,000 children between the ages of six and 59 months are liable to die annually of malnutrition in the state.

The Nutritionist, while reacting to the report, disclosed that the impending nutrition challenge prompted the action of the Federal Ministry of Health in collaboration with United Nations International Children’s Education Fund (UNICEF) to establish treatment across three zones of the state.

“It is based on this report that Federal government establishment a program  known as Community Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) so that the danger could be averted,” he said.

According to him, the MCH centers in the three zones of Azuiyiokwu, Onueke and Amaechara in Afikpo respectively were currently treating over 800 malnourished children with therapeutic food.

Ogbonna noted that the trained health workers were in steady harvest of more children from the communities.

He described malnutrition as lack of adequate nourishment that made  either adult and children to present skinny and stunted nature.

He attributed one of the causes of malnutrition to parents’ inability to breastfeed their children appropriately and inappropriate complementary feeding.

The nutrition expert said that unhygienic practices and less nutrient intake were major causes of malnutrition.

“Nutrition is a technical area that one needs to be careful but it is quite unfortunate that many do not breast feed their children not knowing that the first milk known as colostrum serves as antibiotics to newborn babies and even suckling eases off placenta after delivery.

He further called for assistance and partnership to enable the nutrition sector, achieve its desired result by boosting both preventive and curative measures.

The Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Dr Christian Achi, who confirmed the prevalence cases of malnourished  children, attributed it to cumulated effect of marginalization of the state, before its creation in 1996.

He added that the harvested malnourished children were placed on the food supplements in the clinics designated for such cases.

“I disagree with the prediction of NNHS claiming that 20,000 children would die annually.

“We have identified the problem and government has also embarked on the measures to remedy the situation,” Achi said.

He advised that mothers should always adhere to the directive on exclusive breastfeeding so that the problem could be reduced.

According to him, a large number of mothers have been educated in the health facilities on adequate food preparation and combination that would give the desired nutrients needed for the good health of every child.

He further called on stakeholders to partner with the state government on the fight against malnutrition to trace and assist other affected children within their domain.

Edited By: Angela Okisor/Maureen Atuonwu (NAN)

Uchenna Ugwu: is a graduate and a professionally trained journalist, with experience in national news reporting/editing and verification at the News Agency of Nigeria. NNN is a Nigerian online news portal that publishes breaking news in Nigeria, and across the world. Our journalists are honest, fair, accurate, thorough and courageous in gathering, reporting and interpreting news in the best interest of the public, because truth is the cornerstone of journalism and they strive diligently to ascertain the truth in every news report. Contact: editor[at]nnn.com.ng

Iron bender, one other bag jail terms for stealing, buying stolen iron rods Expert suggests adequate rest for pregnant women in first trimester Constituency projects: ICPC seals warehouse containing 1,078 irrigation pumps in Kebbi Niger Assembly impeaches Majority, Deputy Majority Leader Secondhand building materials trade booms in Plateau Ekiti Assembly passes bill to domesticate Debt Management Office Gold Refineries: Nigeria to generate additional 250,000 jobs, $500M annually SAED: Plateau NYSC Coordinator tasks outgoing corps members to use skills acquired Coronavirus Vaccine: 165 countries engage in global access facility – WHO Court: Britain should allow woman to return for citizenship appeal NGO donates food items to 400 children in Ogun community Civil Servant docked over alleged criminal intimidation Germany issues arrest warrant for driver of lorry carrying migrants Coronavirus: Motorists complying with 50% passengers’ capacity directive – FRSC NGO urges religious leaders to help end cycle of violence in Kaduna Court sentences man to 3 months imprisonment for misappropriation, breach of trust 400 corps members pass out in Borno in a low-key ceremony NHIS to extend health insurance to diplomats abroad, corp members Occupational safety bill scales 2nd reading at Delta Assembly Coronavirus: Commission distributes educational materials, others to POC in Adamawa  N40bn probe: Acting NDDC MD, walks out on lawmakers Coronavirus: WHO donates 400,000 education materials to Yobe Govt Lunguda/Waja unrest: Adamawa deputy governor calls for peace NGO trains Journalists on neutral, objective reportage NHIS to give authorisation code if HMOs fail to give enrolees in 6 hours Group decries bill to remove historical monuments in Badagry China to reopen movie theatres as epidemic wanes Sanitation: Bauchi Govt to provides 932 boreholes,184 latrines Coronavirus: CSCS donates ambulance, cash to CMSCC Malta marks one week without new coronavirus cases NBTS gets new coordinator as Smith retires Court refuses to dissolve 10-year-old marriage France to require masks in indoor public spaces from next week NSCDC secures 67 convictions in Jigawa Nigerians living abroad are country’s greatest assets – NiDCOM chief Oil production cut: OPEC+ tasks JTC on monitoring implementation Group urges review of EFCC Act, agency reform Philippine president considers re-imposing tight virus restrictions Moscow protest against Putin’s referendum ends, over 130 detained Afghanistan condemns rocket firing by Pakistani army on its soil Lebanon Central Bank sets up committee to restructure banks Philippines slams United States lawmakers for interfering in its internal affairs Military airstrike hits terrorists’ camp, kills scores in Borno Top EU court to rule on Facebook data transfer to the United States Leverage on technology for speed, efficiency — Expert tells newsmen NITDA opens entry for technology innovation, entrepreneurship support scheme Taiwan’s president promises military reforms after defence exercises Edo 2020: Nothing shows Edo is oil producing state — NRM candidate United States hits Guyana with visa sanctions, calls President to ‘step aside’ ENSG records 16 new cases of Coronavirus