El-Rufa’I Frightened By 'Skin-Over-Bone' Children In Kaduna
When you see them, all you will notice is a skin over bone. The flesh between the skin and the bone is gone.
These are not persons suffering from acute diseases, but they are malnourished.
At a two-day orientation workshop that will ensure “Effective Coordination of nutrition programme" in Kaduna State, Governor Nasir El-Rufa’I described the increasing population of malnourished persons in the state as frightening.
According to the Governor the number of malnourished children remained very high in spite of ongoing efforts to address it and he attribute the situation to uncoordinated intervention.
At least 11.7% of children under- five years in the state are still suffering from acute malnutrition and 47% suffering from stunted growth.
He explained that duplication of intervention has negative effect on results, but that "co-ordinated intervention would lead to direct impact and create the desired result.
"I strongly believe that with the adherence to coordinated interventions will have a high chance of addressing the scourge".
Also at the event was, Aisha Mohammed of “Save the Children", Kaduna State Office. She said that coordination among development partners was necessary to avoid duplication of efforts.
"Without coordination, we will be doing the same thing in same communities which would amount to wastage of resources," she said while highlighting that the objective of the workshop was to strengthen the capacity of the committee in coordinating nutrition intervention in the state.
“We will equally highlight the role of the committee in implementing the state nutrition policy and develop action plan, “she added.
The State Nutrition Officer, Hauwa Usman, told the gathering that the Kaduna State Policy on Food and Nutrition was designed to reduce malnutrition through coordinated interventions.
Usman said that the policy hope to among other things, reduce the number of under-five stunting by 50%, duplication by 10%, and reduce low birth weight by 30% by 2025.
“It also hoped to reduce hunger and malnutrition by 50%, increase exclusive breastfeeding rates in the first six months by 50%, and increase uptake of appropriate complementary feeding by 40% by 2025,” she said.
Mrs Rahila Maishanu, the Desk Office of Breast Milk Substitute at the National Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), expressed concern over the increasing rate of marketing of substances that are not as nutritious as breadmilk in the state health centres.
Emphasising the need for exclusive breastfeeding, she further warned that substance made from animal milk, were of low nutritional value compared with breast milk marketed at various health centres in the state.
The event was organised for members of Kaduna State Committee on Food and Nutrition and the Governor was represented by the state Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Hafsat Baba.