By Aliyu Aliyu, Dutse
The United Nations International Children’s Fund, UNICEF, has spent N6.084billion for the procurement of Ready to Use Therapeutic Food, RUTF, and treatment of 280,980 malnourished children in Jigawa state in the last eight years.
Chief of Field Office, UNICEF Nigeria D office Bauchi, Abdulai Kaikai, stated this during an advocacy meeting with local government chairmen in the state.
The meeting was aimed at increasing funding for the procurement of routine drugs used in Community-based Management of Acute Malnutrition, CMAM.
He said the effort had saved the lives of 55,094 children, with over 70,000 cases of acute malnourished children treated.
“The treatment of severe acute malnutrition depends on the management of the immediate and underlying causes of malnutrition,” he added.
Mr Kaikai explained that 12 LGAs of Jigawa state have been implementing and remitting monthly sum of N24,000 for the procurement of routine drugs for the management of severe cases malnutrition.
He noted that due to the current recession in the country the prices of the routine drugs have tripled and that resulted in the treatment of fewer children.