By: Mayen Etim
KADUNA, North-West, Nigeria – A Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), Save the Children International on Tuesday urged the Kaduna State Government, (KDSG), to establish an agency for nutrition or a department of nutrition in the state’s Primary Health Care Development Agency to tackle acute malnutrition cases in the state.
Nutrition Advocacy adviser of the NGO, Isah Ibrahim made the call in Kaduna, while welcoming a delegation from the Kaduna State Chapter of the Civil Society Scaling-up Nutrition in Nigeria (CS-SUNN) who were on an advocacy visit.
“Currently, nutrition has not been given more priority as lots of children are malnourished; this kind of problem can only be tackled by establishing an agency that will manage the problem of nutrition”, he noted.
Ibrahim stated that his organization would render all the necessary support to Kaduna State and would strengthen partnership with CS-SUNN to ensure that the problem of malnutrition was tackled.
He also commended the state government for allocating funds for nutrition and recruiting Nutritionists in various General Hospitals in the state.
Earlier, Secretary, CS-SUNN Kaduna, Mrs. Jessica Batlome, solicited for support and partnership in advocacy for nutrition intervention, funding and proper coordination of nutrition interventions in the state.
“Save the Children International is recognized for safeguarding child health and welfare, due to their recognition on nutrition.
“We are trying to see how we can work together to fight against malnutrition and improve nutrition funding in Kaduna State,” she said.
She added that CS-SUNN would equally engage National Youth Corps members in nutrition advocacy in the state.