In an effort to tackle child survival gaps, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has distributed severe acute malnutrition kits to other NGOs in the North-East region, targeting no fewer than 6,000 under-5 children.
The WHO Emergency Manager for Humanitarian Response in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa, Dr Biatrus Guraguri disclosed this in Maiduguri on Thursday while handing over the SAM kits to Borno government and other NGOs in the North-East.
She noted that, there was analysis done last year in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe States which led to this intervention, funded by USAID and German government, aimed at improving the survival of children affected by conflict.
According to her, the cases of malnutrition has increased from the last year’s analysis in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa, there are specific LGA’s where there is high acute malnutrition cases which need emergency attention.
“We are handing over these SAM kits to provide treatment to severely malnourished children suffering from medical complications, in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe States, this will help in improving the treatment of severe acute malnutrition (SAM) in the BAY states”.
“One kits is supposed to cater for hundred patients, the information we used is for the last year we know the case have increased for this year.”
Also speaking, the permanent secretary Borno state ministry of health and human service Mohammad Ghuluze said that malnutrition is one of the major problems in Borno, but the with the support of partners government is trying tackle it.
Ghuluze who was represented by Pharmacist Adamu Usman stated that ”the issue of malnutrition coupled with insurgency is quite challenging but government is committed to see that all malnutrited children have getting proper attention, it is their right to have good health and human wellbeing”.
“These tool also helps to address challenges through immediate and medium-term actions and promotes results-oriented activities,” he said.
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