El-Rufai orders supply of medicine for malnourished children

Kaduna, Feb. 4, 2018 (TNE) Gov. Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State has ordered the supply of more Ready to Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF) for the treatment of malnourished children, an official said.

The Project Manager, Kaduna State Emergency Nutrition Action Plan, Mr Shehu Makarfi, made the plan known during an interaction with newsmen on the general overview of the project in Zaria, Kaduna State.

Makarfi said “the order for additional supply of RUTF was due to fear of shortage of the drug, which is likely to affect the intervention given by the state government.”

He said the state government had mandated local governments to give coordinators of the programme N500,000 monthly for the activity but expressed regrets that the fund was not being used judiciously.

“We called a meeting with health and nutrition officers in local government areas and her excellency, the wife of the governor, has read the riot act to them and anyone caught tampering with the N500,000 will be held responsible, he said”.

He said some local governments needed to set up relevant structures in their Primary Healthcare Centres before the agency could intervene in their areas.

Twelve to 14 sachets of RUTF and other supporting medicines can help a severely malnourished child within eight weeks of treatment to recover.

An official of the State Primary Health Care Development Agency (SPHCDA) had revealed that 17, 989 cases of severe acute malnutrition were recorded in the state in 2017.

Hajiya Hauwa Usman, a Nutritionist with the Agency made the disclosure in Zaria while presenting an overview of nutrition situation in the state at a workshop for journalists, organised by Kaduna State Emergency Nutrition Action Plan (KADENAP).

She however said 11, 324 of the severe acute malnutrition cases were cured, while 169 of the victims died.

According to her, 50 percent of under-five deaths recorded in the state was due to malnutrition.

(TNE)

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