By: Mayen Etim
NASARAWA, North-Central, Nigeria – Some Community Health Volunteers and benefiting mothers of malnourished children in Nasarawa State have lauded the United Nations Children’s Fund, (UNICEF) for tackling malnutrition among children in the state and the country at large.
They however called for more support from the fund to eradicate malnutrition challenges in the area.
A Community Volunteer, Mrs Fatima Musa, during an interactive session with Dr Zakari Adam, Chief of Field Officer, UNICEF Kaduna, on Thursday said that the provision of Ready to Use therapeutic Food, (RUTF) to malnourished children had improved their lives.
“As community volunteer, our duty is to sensitise and educate women in various communities on the need for them to keep their environment clean and to maintain hygiene.
“We also educate the women to visit Primary Healthcare centre in case they discover abnormality in their children.
“We told them to visit clinic for other health counselling as well as to test their children for appetite, and we also said that this service and food provided by UNICEF is free of charge.
“And through that you can see women taking their children to clinic in order to enjoy the services and we have achieved good results.
We thank UNICEF for the gesture and also called for its sustenance,’’ she said
However, she appealed for more incentives to volunteers in order to boost their morale, standard of living and to cater for their local transportation and running costs.
Some of the benefiting mothers also commended UNICEF for the kind gesture, saying that lots of children’s life’s has been saved in the area.
He assured the volunteers that he would discuss with the Local Government Council boss to see how they could collaborate in order to address their challenges.
While urging them to continue to be dedicated and committed to their duties for the overall development of the health sector, he said that God would reward them abundantly.