Umar Akilu Majeri
Jigawa state government has released ninety million Naira (N90 million) for the fight against child malnutrition in the state amidst of Coronavirus pandemic.
The state Nutrition officer Malam Saidu Umar told our reporter that the state government had on/16th June released the sum of Eighty million Naira to UNICEF as a counterpart funding for the purchase of Ready to- Use Therapeutic Food ( RUTF) used for the treatment of acute severe malnutrition.
Malam Saidu added that N10 million Naira was also released for the take-off of Masaki project designed to promote Infants and Young Child Nutrition as a preventive measure against child malnutrition.
He explained that the Masaki project have already taken off in 150 across 30 constituencies in the state, under which 10 women were trained and given manual for enlighten other women on exclusive breastfeeding and how to use locally available food to prefer a balanced diet for children and pregnant women.
In a press statement released by the Jigawa state Coalition of Civil Society for Nutrition commended the effort of the state government to describe it as a timely intervention particular by considering the effect of Coronavirus pandemic in the food supply chain.
The statement which was signed by the chairman of the Coalition Comrade Shuaibu Kafingana is optimistic that, the commitment of the state government and other actors in fighting against child malnutrition is what led to the achievement of reducing the stunting rate with over 20℅ in the state as indicated by NDHS and Smart Survey 2018-2020 survey report.
JICON than called on the state government to ensure full compliance and implementation of the state Nutrition Policy for an everlasting solution to the persistent Malnutrition problem in the state.