The Kaduna state government claims to have treated no less than 12,251 malnourished children between January and August 2021.
National nutrition officer Ramatu Musa revealed this to Zaria on Saturday at the end of a two-day third quarter review meeting with local government nutrition focal points.
Musa said that figure was out of 24,548 admitted to various community acute malnutrition management sites across the state.
She explained that of the 24,548 children, 16,358 were new admissions, while 8,190 were spillovers from untreated cases from 2020.
The official also said 46 children died of deficiency during the period, indicating a significant reduction from the 124 deaths recorded between January and September 2020.
She said to deal with the situation, the government has increased the number of local governments providing CMAM services from two in 2017 to 16 in 2021.
Musa added that the state currently has 82 primary health centers offering outpatient therapy programs to treat children with severe acute malnutrition with 17 secondary health facilities as stabilization centers.
Kaduna State Nutrition Emergency Action Plan project manager Umar Bambale said the government and partners are investing more in community feeding practices for infants and young children.
Bambale noted, âC-IYCF is a preventative approach that promotes adequate nutrition for children during the first 1,000 days of life. ”
He said that so far, a total of 558 health care providers and 1,156 community volunteers have been trained in C-IYCF services in 22 local government areas of the state, with only one outstanding area.
He also explained that through support groups, community volunteers would educate and enlighten mothers and caregivers on best C-IYCF practices for strong growth and healthy development in infants and young children.
The Coordinator of the Accelerating Nutrition Outcomes Project in Nigeria, Zainab Muhammad-Idris, explained that there has been a general improvement in the activities of the local government nutrition focal points.
Muhammad-Idris noted that there had been a significant improvement in the presentation of performance, challenges and issues that required advocacy, especially funding.
She said: âMalnutrition prevention activities in local governments are also resuming with many C-IYCF promotion activities implemented by nutrition focal people.
“This is quite encouraging, and we hope that with continued support, NFPs will do better and record more results in the fourth quarter.”