Posted by Grand News | 21 December 2018
No fewer than 132 children have died of malnutrition in Kaduna State, State Nutrition Officer, Hajiya Hauwa Usman has said.
Usman said on Thursday that, out of the 12,858 hospitalised between January and October 2018 in the state, 132 children died of severe acute malnutrition.
She said this, while giving an update on the nutrition situation in the state at a two-day meeting in Kaduna, also said that 10,604 out of the 12,858 have been cured.
The meeting was organised by Save the Children International (SCI) to support Kaduna State Chapter of the Civil Society Scaling-Up Nutrition in Nigeria (CS-SUNN) to develop two-year Nutrition Advocacy Strategy.
She added that 187 others who have not recovered were undergoing treatment.
“Currently, 11.7 per cent of children under-five years are wasted – suffering from severe acute malnutrition, while 47 per cent are stunted (too short for their age),” she said.
She attributed the high incidence of malnutrition in the state to poor maternal, infant and young child feeding practices which has remained unsatisfactory.
“The Multiple Indicators Cluster Survey, 2017, releveled that the rate of timely breastfeeding initiation is 28.9 per cent, while only 19,7 per cent under-five children were exclusively breastfed.
“Similarly, only 10 children aged six to 23 months were adequately and appropriately fed,” she said.
Also speaking, Mr Silas Ideva, CS-SUNN Coordinator in the state, noted the high burden of malnutrition among children under-five years in the state.
According to him, despite many years of implementing nutrition activities by the state government and partners, results are not so encouraging.
“To address the issue of malnutrition, there is the need for nutrition budget line in all relevant ministry, departments and agencies.
“There is also the need to scale up high impact cost effective nutrition interventions at strategic locations and expedite action on finalising Kaduna State policy on Food and Nutrition.
“The state government also need to have a holistic budget for nutrition specific and nutrition sensitive interventions,” he said
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