Katsina Acute Malnutrition network make case for malnourished children
A network comprising Non governmental Organisation and media in Katsina State, Katsina State Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) network has paid an advocacy visit to some critical sectors in the state and pleaded with them not to tamper with the N200 million budget provision for malnutrition as the state budget review commences.
These monies are meant for their special Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF) supplement used for treatment of acute malnutrition health challenge.
The sectors visited are the Katsina State’s ministry of Health and the of Budget and Economic Planning.
In all the ministries visited, the network group led by Abdurrahman Dutsin-ma who is also the Chairman of Katsina Budget Awareness Initiative made case for the malnourished children stressing that they are the most vulnerable and need to be supported in the society.
In their separate remarks, the Commissioners promised not to temper with the budget.
“For me, the amount budgeted for the counter funding is even small, therefore there will be no need for a downward review of the fund”, the state commissioner of Health, Engr Nuhu Yakubu Danja said.
Katsina State currently has many children undergoing treatment at 15 Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) centres and presently the state is out of stock of the Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF).