The United Nations Children Education Fund (UNICEF) in partnership with Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) and the Bauchi State government is to give therapeutic food (RUTF) to 1,578 malnourished children suffering from acute malnutrition in the state.
The Director of Planning with the Bauchi State Planning Commission, Lawal Bako Ahmed who dropped the hint, assured that the state government will give nutrition priority attention in the 2019 budget.
He was speaking at a day capacity building workshop for civil society organizations (COSs) and media on nutrition budget at the Destination Hotel, Bauchi Wednesday,
Ahmed explained that what he saw at one of the primary health centres administering the RUTF on malnourished children had exposed him to the reality of malnutrition.
The visit to the primary health centre at Miri at the outskirt of Bauchi township, according to him, had really given him an opportunity to see things at the other side of the health problem.
The director assured that he is going to submit what he saw at the health centre to the state government, and stressed theneed for the eradicate malnutrition among children in the state.
The Chairman of CISLAC, Muhammad Murtala who presented a paper, ‘Nutrition Budget Tracking: Systemic Approach’ said that the lack exclusive breastfeeding and good food are some causes of malnutrition among children.
Murtala therefore urged mothers to include Soya beans, groundnut, milk and beans in the daily diet of their children, saying with the application of these foods to children, malnutrition will be eradicated.
The head of the Miri Primary Health Centre located at Miri in Bauchi Local Government Area of the state, Dr. Nasiru Jika complained of inadequate working materials at the centre and called for intervention of the state government.
According to him, the centre lacks adequate staff to carry out the program on malnutrition which gives prolong hours of medical consultation for the malnourished children, with a child taking 25 minutes for the exercise.
While lamenting that the centre lacks adequate accommodate to place children under close watch, Jika called on the state government to not only employ more workers but also renovate the centre for effective service delivery.