2.5m children starve in Nigeria


OVER 2.5 million Nigerian children under the age of five have been confirmed to be living under serious danger of starvation, with most of them already showing signs of severe malnutrition and 90 percent of the figure found in different parts of northern Nigeria.
About 20 percent of the children face imminent death if respite does not come their way soon to backtrack the development.
Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, stated this yesterday, adding that government has risen to the challenge by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) for the procurement of “Ready-to-Use- Therapeutic-Food (RUTF)”
Adewole expressed optimism that the partnership will serve as counterpart contribution for the procurement and distribution of the commodity in the six geopolitical zones, assuring that government has initiated community based Management of Severe Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) in Gombe and Kebbi states as a pilot scheme.
According to him, the programme has reached 10 other states that have a record of acute malnutrition.
Therapeutic foods are designed for specifically for nutrition. It is purposely made of dietary supplements, used for emergency feeding of malnourished children or to supplement the diets of persons with special nutrition requirements.


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