UNICEF es­tab­lishes ad­di­tional cen­tres to tackle mal­nu­tri­tion

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Balarabe Alka­s­sim, Bauchi

The United Na­tions Chil­dren’s Fund (UNICEF) has es­tab­lished six ad­di­tional Com­mu­nity Man­age­ment of Acute Mal­nu­tri­tion (CMAN) cen­tres in Bauchi to tackle the men­ace among chil­dren.

The Chief of Bauchi UNICEF field of­fice, Ab­du­lai Kai-Kai, dis­closed this Wed­nes­day dur­ing the flag-off of a CMAN site as part of pro­gramme to com­mem­o­rate the 2017 breast feed­ing week.

The pro­gram was or­gan­ised by UNICEF in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Bauchi State Govern­ment and the state chap­ter of the Nige­ria As­so­ci­a­tion of Women Jour­nal­ists (NAWOJ).

Kaikai who was rep­re­sented by UNICEF Nu­tri­tion Spe­cial­ist in Bauchi, Philom­ena Irena, said11 mil­lion chil­dren un­der five years were mal­nour­ished in Nige­ria.

He said de­spite sus­tained cam­paigns, the level of exclusive breast­feed­ing in Nige­ria was low, con­tribut­ing to the prob­lem of chronic child mal­nu­tri­tion.

In his re­mark, the Ex­ec­u­tive Chair­man of Bauchi State Pri­mary Health Care Agency, Adamu Ga­mawa, said nine more CMAN cen­ters would be es­tab­lished in the state by 2018.

The Com­mu­nity Man­age­ment of Acute Mal­nu­trion (CMAM) cen­ters were es­tab­lished in only three lo­cal govern­ment ar­eas: Dam­bam, and Katagum.

The six new CMAN cen­tres were es­tab­lished in Bauchi, Darazo, Itas Gadau, Warji, Ga­mawa and Tafawa Balewa lo­cal govern­ment ar­eas. Kirfi

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