One sure way of fighting malnutrition is to teach mothers in affected regions how to prepare infant complementary feeding for their babies, using available foods in their communities.

This is one strategy that the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is exploring, as it tries to tackle malnutrition challenges in Gombe and some other states in northeast Nigeria.

Malnutrition among children in the area has put the lives of over 100,000 children at the risk of death, according to UNICEF’s statement months ago.

Cheaper And Available

It is what it called scale-up of its nutrition programme in Gombe State local governments and UNICEF’s Nutrition Programme Consultant, Mrs Olufummilayo Adebambo, said the programme would be expounded to reach communities with highly malnourished children.

Mrs Adebambo told the News Agency of Nigeria in Gombe on Friday that the programme, started in 2009 in Gombe, Dukku and Nafada, would now be scaled up to Kaltungo.

She said: "We will scale up to Kaltungo, based on data we got from Maternal Neonatal Child Health week in January 2017; the number of malnourished children is also high in Kaltungo".

The consultant added that the programme would begin in April in Kaltungo, following the success recorded in the three areas where the programme first started.

She explained that UNICEF planned to teach communities how to prepare Infant and York Child Feeding (IYCF) with the available foods in their communities.

“We will teach breast feeding mothers how to use available foods in their communities to prepare complementary feeding for babies who are seven months, after the six months’ exclusive breast feeding encouraged by UNICEF,”she stressed.

Mrs Adebambo added that with the introduction of IYCF, it would combat malnutrition in Gombe State because it would be cheaper and available.