Health: Kaduna Govt Committed To Partnering UNICEF – Dep Gov

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By; FUNMI ADERINTO, Kaduna 

The Deputy Governor of Kaduna State, Dr. Hadiza Sabuwa Balarabe on Wednesday, said that the state is committed to partnering  United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) Nigeria for heathy society.

On behalf of Governor Uba Sani, Deputy Governor Dr. Hadiza Sabuwa Balarabe welcomed a team from the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) Nigeria to Sir Kashim Ibrahim House in Kaduna. 

The Deputy Governor who welcomed  (UNICEF) to Kashim Ibrahim House in  Kaduna,  extended the goodwill of  Governor Uba Sani, who is attending to some other  issues outside Kaduna,   assuring them that whatever decision taken, the state will carry  out. 

While speaking on  Kaduna State’s readiness to continue to partner with UNICEF,  hence the state will achieve a lot, she expressed  gratitude for UNICEF’s ongoing support to the state in various sectors.

She also shared the proactive plans of the Kaduna State Government to combat malnutrition, including the establishment of nutrition centers in all under-five clinics and the integration of nutrition programmes into primary healthcare outreaches.

The meeting highlighted the shared commitment of UNICEF and the Kaduna State Government to improve the health and well-being of children in the state, with  particular focus on fighting malnutrition. Both parties reaffirmed their dedication to working together towards this goal.

The deputy governor commended UNICEF over nutrition  in Kaduna State, for always keeping them on their toes so that they can make a difference in the lives of their children 

“However, they are a lot of things to do when we talk about the indices  for malnutrition  in the state  to change the narratives, by establishing nutrition corners in all our facilities within Kaduna,” she said.

Dr. Balarabe noted that immediately after the last dose of immunisation,  children don’t come back again for checks within the facilities, because they don’t have  under-five facilities.

She said that has been one thing that has been on their minds, to have such centres and to strengthen the community nutrition centre that they have, to enable the women understand what it means to be able to detect and  start early management for malnutrition.

The Deputy Governor  disclosed that they have so many cases of myoric  children being identified, hence there is a drug in the incident of those being admitted.

“I want to see a situation where our outreach programmes are really  strengthened so that we can have a kind of integration, not just going out to provide immunisation services, but also to have nutrition services being provided during those outreach programmes and then they will be able to detect all these children.

“What we are trying to do now is to do a mapping of all food sources within our communities that our health educators, our social mobilisation officers, our nutrition officers can use to provide health education to parents or guardians on the available food resources within communities for adequate diet.

“We are focussing too much on treatment, when we have something that we can do to prevent it.

“I hope that working with UNICEF, we will be able to achieve more, also all that our plans in the state will be better within the shortest possible time, hence 2024 and beyond, will even  be better for Kaduna State”, she prayed.

In attendance was the Secretary to the State Government, Dr Abdulkadir Meyere, Chief of Staff to the Governor, Sani Liman Kila, Head of Service, Habiba Shekarau, Commissioners of Planning and Budget Commission, Business Innovation and Technology and Human Services and Social Development, as well as other government officials from different MDAs.

The team was led by UNICEF Nigeria’s Chief Nutrition Officer, Nemar Hajeebhoy, who commended the strong partnership between UNICEF and the Kaduna State Government in addressing malnutrition.

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