Coali­tion says RUTF will help tackle malnutriti­on

The Punch - - HEALTH WISE - Chima Azubuike, Gombe

THE Chair­man of Ma­ter­nal New­born and Child Health Coali­tion, Malam Al­has­san Ya­haya, has com­mended the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment for pro­vid­ing Ready to Use Ther­a­peu­tic Food in Gombe State.

Ya­haya, in an in­ter­view with our cor­re­spon­dent in Gombe, said that about 10,000 car­tons of RUTF al­lo­cated to the state would help to tackle the bur­den of malnutriti­on in Gombe State.

He said, “We will en­sure that there is no di­ver­sion and that the sup­ple­ment reaches the tar­get group who are pre­dom­i­nantly from less priv­i­leged back­grounds.”

Ya­haya ap­pre­ci­ated the ef­fort of civil so­ci­ety or­gan­i­sa­tions, de­vel­op­ment part­ners and other groups ad­vo­cat­ing im­proved ma­ter­nal and child health.

He also stressed the need for the pub­lic to fo­cus at­ten­tion on pre­ven­tive mea­sures of malnutriti­on.

Ya­haya urged nurs­ing moth­ers to em­brace ex­clu­sive breast­feed­ing, say­ing it pro­vides the ideal food dur­ing the first six months of child­birth.

“Af­ter the six months of ob­serv­ing ex­clu­sive breast­feed­ing, com­ple­men­tary feed­ing is rec­om­mended there­after be­cause breast milk will no longer be suf­fi­cient for the in­fant,” he said.

The chair­man said the raw ma­te­ri­als for the In­fant and Young Child Feed­ing were avail­able within the com­mu­ni­ties.

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