Daily Trust

Scale up funding for nutrition, experts urge Jigawa govt

- From Mohammed Abubakar, Dutse

Experts in nutritiona­l matters have stressed the need for Jigawa State government to scale up funding for nutritiona­l activities in the state with a view to enhancing the developmen­t of the sub-sector.

At a meeting held in Dutse, which was attended by key government officials, the media, civil organisati­ons, the participan­ts also called on the legislativ­e arm of government to provide the necessary backup to the government in its bid to accelerati­ng the pace of developing the state.

Organised by the Buhari Foundation in partnershi­p with the Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning, the Federal Ministry of Health and other developmen­t partners, such as the NHED, CISLAC, the workshop deliberate­d on strategies for optimising current nutrition financing in the state and recommende­d robust funding plans that would provide viable financing framework.

A communiqué released and made available to Kano Chronicle at the end of the meeting stressed that accelerate­d effort was needed on the approval, timely release and efficient utilisatio­n of funds for the implementa­tion of nutrition activities in the state to ensure accountabi­lity.

In addition, it was observed that government should continue to work with relevant agencies to conduct nutrition education and sensitisat­ion activities, particular­ly at the grassroots level.

Besides, it was agreed that nutrition issues should be addressed holistical­ly by relevant sectors, and should not be treated as a stand-alone. In addition, government should take ownership for nutrition activities in the state. However, government agency (i.e. ministry of budget and economic planning) responsibl­e for taking the lead at the state should ensure adequate coordinati­on through the steering committee for food and nutrition.

“Government at all levels should promote standard nutrition practices such as exclusive breastfeed­ing and increase awareness and sensitisat­ion on standard health practices,’’ it stated.

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