UNICEF establishes additional centres to tackle malnutrition
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