With over 30,000 children already treated for severe acute malnutrition in Katsina State, the state government has pledged to give more support to the intervention programme to rid the state of malnutrition problem.
It announced it would add five more council areas to an existing 15 for an intervention programme helping children suffering malnutrition with assistance from the programme Working to Improve Nutrition in Northern Nigeria (WINNN).
The deputy director of Budget and Planning, Muhammed Barahu, said Katsina voted N200 million for the nutrition intervention programme in 2016 as against N30 million in the previous year, adding that the money had been secured, approved and released.
He spoke at the government office after assessing work at a site for community-based management of acute malnutrition in Jibia Area Coucil.
The local technical adviser for Jibia, Inyogba Saliu said, the intervention programme has helped reduce the level of malnutrition in the state.
“Women are coming out to access care for their children and themselves. Even men too now come to the centre with their wives on clinic days. The women are also taught how to make balanced diet through cooking demonstration with food items they can get around them without necessarily spending too much money,” she said.
She also said they attend to over 200 a patients on clinic day.