“Insurgency has resulted in high food insecurity, increasing spread of endemic and disease, limited dietary diversity, poor and deteriorating healthcare system, loss of livelihoods amongst others”
Noting that government cannot fight malnutrition alone, hence the need for more partner support.
UNICEF Nutrition Officer, Dr Martins Jackson highlighted the efforts of UNICEF in collaboration with the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (UK-DFID) and other partners in addressing and curtailing the scourge of malnutrition in Borno and Yobe states.
According to him, with the support of DFID, 1, 239, 802 children were given Vitamin ‘A’ supplementation in Yobe and Borno.
The nutrition officer maintained that 195,000 pregnant women were given Iron Fersolate to prevent them from anemia, adding that 32,000 mothers were given N5, 000 each on monthly basis as an incentive for exclusive breastfeeding and complimentary feeding.
He explained that the purpose of the incentive was to encourage the mothers to effectively adhere to the practice to reduce the burden of nutrition crisis in the zones
“These interventions were geared toward improving nutritional security of under five children, pregnant and lactating women, as well as promoting nutrition in the first 1,000 days of life”.
” The programme was to ensure improved nutritional status of children under the ages of five, pregnant and lactating mothers through prevention, detection and treatment of under nutrition”, Jackson stated.