Katsina State out of stock of food supplement for malnourished children
Katsina State is currently out of stock of a food supplement for malnourished children, RUTF across the 14 treatment centers.
The RUTF was last supplied to the state for the treatment of severe malnourished children in March, 2020 according to the state’s Chief Nutrition Officer, Mallam Abdullahi Abdulkadir.
This was disclosed to Katsina Post on Wednesday during a one day interface session on prevention and treatment of severe acute malnutrition in the state organised by the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC).
Mallam Abdulkadir said the last batch of the RUTF was supplied to the 14 Community Management of Acute Malnutrition centres (CMAC) in the state on 6, December, 2019, adding the stock finished in March, 2019.
The Senior Nutrition officer however said the state currently engaged in what he called the Infant Young Child Feeding (IYCF) strategies with a view to tackling children malnutrition in the state.
According to him, the strategies include administration of Vitamin A on the children as well as deworming them.
He also revealed that mothers and pregnant women were being educated on complementary feeding for the children and proper weaning of babies.
The Chairman of the health committee in the state house of assembly, Aminu Ibrahim and a member of the Coalition of Civil Societies of Nigeria in Katsina State, Dr.Bashir Ruwangodiya, who also attended the session, assured that funds would be released for the purchase of the item (RUTF) this year.
They advised the state Ministry of Health to initiate a memo which would be acted upon to see to the release of the funds.