UNICEF treats 24,000 malnourished children –Mr. Pathak
From Sule Aliyu, Bauchi
The United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) has disclosed that it has successfully treated over 24,000 severely malnourished children in six EU-UNICEF funded community-based Management of Acute Malnutrition Centres in Bauchi State recently.
The UNICEF Chief, Bauchi Field Office, Mr. Bhanu Pathak stated this during the official handover ceremony by UNICEF of renovated Disina Primary Health Care Centre to the state government in Shira Local Government Area of the state.
Represented by UNICEF Nutrition Officer, Dr. Jackson Martins, the Chief of Field Office said that the community- based Management of Acute Malnutrition Centres supported by UNICEF in the state were previously in only three local government areas of Kirfi, Katagum and Dambam before the commencement of EU-funded project.
He said now it has been scaled up to nine local government areas with an additional six local government areas of Bauchi, Darazo, Gamawa, Itas-Gadua, Tafawa Balewa and Warji.
Martins stated that the EU-UNICEF also provided micro-nutrient powder to six – 23 months old children in the state, especially through the CMAM sites.
In his address at the handover, the Executive Chairman of the state Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr. Rilwanu Muhammad, commended EU-UNICEF for their efforts in improving the health status of the state people.