The United Nations Children’s Funds UNICEF says no fewer than 1, 239, 802 children have been given Vitamin ‘A’ supplement in Yobe and Borno State both in North east Nigeria through the support of the Department of International Development (DFID).
Dr Martin Jackson, UNICEF Nutrition Officer in Bauchi state, made this known earlier in the week at a media dialogue while presenting a paper on DFID support for child malnutrition in the North-East in Yola.
The event was organized by UNICEF in collaboration with the Child Rights Information Bureau (CRIB) of the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture.
Theme of the event is: “Investing in Malnutrition for the Future.’’
Jackson said that UNICEF was able to attain these feat through the UKaid funded Integrated Basic Nutrition Response to the humanitarian crisis in Yobe and Borno States.
He said that 38,000 Severe Acute Malnutrition children (SAM) were admitted at the various Community Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) Centers across the states. He added that about 95 per cent of the numbers admitted from three local government areas in Yobe and nine from Borno respectively were cured.
The benefiting local governments in Yobe include: Tarmua, Gujba and Nangere, while those of Borno are: Maiduguri Municipal Council, Jere, Konduga, Bayo, Biu, Kwaya Kusa, Shani, Askira Uba and Hawul.
He said further that 195,000 pregnant women were given Iron and folate tablets to prevent them from anemia of pregnancy.
Jackson also said 32,000 mothers were given N5, 000 each on monthly basis as an incentive for exclusive breastfeeding and complimentary feeding. He explained that the purpose of the incentive was to encourage the mothers to effectively adhere to the practice to reduce the burden of nutrition crisis in the states.