946,000 Children Out Of School, 312,182 Malnourished In Katsina – UNICEF
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says no fewer than 946,000 children are out of the formal school education system and 312,182 children are suffering from Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) in Katsina State.
This was disclosed by the UNICEF Chief of Field Office Kano, Mr. Maulid Warfa on Wednesday in Katsina, during the 2019 end of year review meeting and 2020 states engagement planning workshop for Kano and Katsina States.
According to him, the students/teacher ratio for Katsina State the ratio is 92:1.
“For Katsina State, 62.9 percent of children under five years were stunted, while 2.1 percent, representing 312,182 children suffered from Severe Acute Malnutrition.”
He explained that for Katsina State, 59.3 percent of people have access to improved sources of drinking water.
The officer further noted that 53.1 percent of households in Katsina State have basic sanitation services.
On health, Warfa said that Kano State has the highest number of maternal mortality, while Katsina State has recorded some progress during the period.
He said that the meeting was aimed at reviewing the 2019 output indicators for the two states, so as to make improvements where necessary.
The Unicef official said that the participants would also identify challenges experienced in 2019 and set up the strategic direction for 2020.
Earlier in his remarks, the Permanent Secretary, Katsina State Ministry of Budget and Economic Planning, Alhaji Isyaku Ahmed, said that the state government earmarked N1 billion as counterpart funds for UNICEF activities for 2020.
He said that the budget was now before the State House of Assembly for deliberation and subsequent approval.
Ahmed said that the intervention areas were on education, health, nutrition as well as water and sanitation.
He revealed that the state government had allocated N123.7 million to the health sector while nutrition, education, water, and sanitation sectors were allocated N432 million, N86 million and N400 million respectively.