By: Mayen Etim
NASARAWA, North-Central, Nigeria – The Director, Primary Health Care, (PHC) Keffi Local Government Council of Nasarawa State, Mr Ibrahim Gambo, has said over one hundred and forty-six malnourished children have been treated and cured of malnutrition in the area.
He disclosed this on Thursday when he received the Chief of Field Office, UNICEF Kaduna, Dr Zakari Adam, with some of his officials during an assessment tour of the Community Management of Acute Malnutrition,(CMAM) at PHC, Angwan Waje, Keffi.
According to him, the achievement was made possible as a result of the support received from UNICEF towards addressing the challenges of malnourished children.
He noted that the intervention had impacted positively on their lives and called for its sustenance.
The Director explained that the provision of Ready to Use therapeutic Food, (RUTF) by UNICEF given to children free of charge, had impacted positively on their lives.
“We will continue to remain grateful and thank you for your gesture; we are very much appreciative of your visit as the visit will strengthen us.
“We are also committed to ensuring that the challenges among malnourished children are being addressed,” he said.
Gambo further disclosed that health workers in the council are also working hard to ensure that quality healthcare service delivery is given to the people of the area.
He pledged the council’s commitment to good health policies and programmes to ensure that people have quality healthcare services.
The Chief of Field Office, UNICEF Kaduna, said that they were in the area to assess the progress made so far regarding the issue of malnutrition among children.
Adam said that the fund was collaborating with the government of Nigeria, especially in the area of health and education to improve the lives of Nigerian children; adding that UNICEF would continue to train and retrain health workers for quality service delivery in the country.
The RUTF provided by UNICEF for malnourished children is being funded by the Children International Foundation Fund.