Children facing Malnutrition
Children facing Malnutrition

MRS JANE Gwani,
Kaduna State Nutrition
Officer, says no fewer
than 5,678 severe acute
malnourished children
were admitted at the state
Community Management
of Acute Malnutrition
Centre, CMAM, between
March and December, last
year.
Gwani disclosed this at
the Civil Society Scaling
Up Nutrition, CS-SUNN,
capacity building for the
media on nutrition and
health challenges among
others on Tuesday in
Kaduna.
The officer, who
identified the children as
within the age of six to 59
months, noted that 2,629
out of the number admitted
recovered and discharged,
while 90 deaths were
recorded.
She further noted that 819
defaulted due to failure of
their parents to continue MRS JANE Gwani,
Kaduna State Nutrition
Officer, says no fewer
than 5,678 severe acute
malnourished children
were admitted at the state
Community Management
of Acute Malnutrition
Centre, CMAM, between
March and December, last
year.
Gwani disclosed this at
the Civil Society Scaling
Up Nutrition, CS-SUNN,
capacity building for the
media on nutrition and
health challenges among
others on Tuesday in
Kaduna.
The officer, who
identified the children as
within the age of six to 59
months, noted that 2,629
out of the number admitted
recovered and discharged,
while 90 deaths were
recorded.
She further noted that 819
defaulted due to failure of
their parents to continue Gwani identified other
nutrition intervention in the
state to include establishment
of 17 Outpatients Therapeutic
Programmes with five each
in Zaria and Makarfi local
government areas, one each
in Kachia, Jema’a, Birnin
Gwari and Kaduna North.
The officer also noted the
existence of the programme
in Zaria and Makarfi General
Hospitals as well as Ikara
Primary Health Care Centre,
among others.
According to her, so far
107 health workers and
community volunteers have
been trained, acquired skill
and capacity for severe acute
malnutrition management.
“These efforts were geared
toward addressing the state
malnutrition burden.
“High impact nutrition
intervention is currently
ongoing. CMAM supported
by UNICEF has been
established in Zaria and
Makarfi LGAs, five wards,
five PHCs and six general
hospitals.
“If CMAM combined with
the promotion of optimal
exclusive breastfeeding
practice and complimentary
infants and young child
feeding are implemented
on a large scale the death of
hundreds of thousands of
children could be prevented
in our communities.
“Breastfeeding is the
single and most effective
intervention to prevent infant
mortality.
“Maternal, infants and
young child feeding
practices have remained
unsatisfactory. Rate of timely
breastfeeding initiation is
19.3 per cent.
“Only 8.4 per cent are
exclusive breastfed and only
10 per cent of children aged
six to 23 months were fed
appropriately not because
of lack of food but ignorance
on how to eat right,” Gwani
said


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