12 Nov 1.6 Million Children Suffers From Malnutrition in Kaduna – UNICEF
On Wednesday, UNICEF stated that not less than 1.6 million Children in Kaduna State are suffering from malnutrition, which is said to be the highest in Nigeria.
Dr Florence Oni, who is UNICEF’s Nutrition Specialist, made this known while an intervention score on nutrition was been presented for the last six months in the state.
While she was speaking at the 2016 mid-year review meeting in Kaduna, it was stated that malnutrition is the main cause of the death of 50% of children under the age of 5 years in the state.
“Research shows that not less than 900,000 kids, which represents 57% of children in the state are prevented from growing properly, which means that 6 out of 10 children under the age of 5 years cannot grow properly due to malnutrition.
“It also stated that not less than 700,000 children are not i good shape, which also means that 47% of kids are suffering from SAM (Severe Acute Malnutrition) and the chances are that they are 10 times more likely to die.”
She further stated that the government and UNICEF has promised to do something about it to address the alarming situation.
ALARMING: 66% of Children Suffers From Malnutrition in Jos.
Moses Yusuf, who is the Plateau Nutrition Officer, made it known on Saturday that 66% of children in the state are suffering from malnutrition.
Mr Yusuf made this known during a mid-year review meeting of the United Nation’s Children Fund (UNICEF) held in Jos.
He also gave an explanation that the given figure was gotten after a survey of Standardized Monitoring of Relief and Transition (SMART), which was carried out by the Fedral Government in the year 2015.
Mr Yusuf described the case and figure as very alarming, this shows that five out of ten children in the state are malnourished.
According to the report given by the Standardized Monitoring of Relief and Transition (SMART), not less than 66% of the kids in Jos are suffering from Malnutrition.
“The reports also proves that a total of 43.7% are suffering from Stunting, 18.1% are underweight, and the remaining 4.6% are wasting,” he stated.
“When the reports of 2014 and 2015 SMART Survey are being compared, it clearly shows that the situation in Plateau is getting worse.
Mr Yusuf clearly explained that with the level of stunting recorded in the state, the children are very open to diseases like kidney, skin, eye and other endemic diseases, which are known to be very expensive to treat or take care of.
Mothers and parents in state are challenged to take seriously the nutrition of their children/wards.
UNICEF – 250,000 Children Suffer From Severe Malnutrition.
Doune Porter, who is UNICEF’s Communication Officer in Nigeria, has made it known that they will be assisting a total number of 250,000 children medically who may suffer from serious malnutrition in this current year if not treated properly.
She made a call on all international agencies and the also the federal government to help in assisting the affected children to avoid malnutrition.
In a reaction from the representative of UNICEF in Nigeria Jean Gough, stated that there are plans on ground to increase supplies even though there are temporary suspension of humanitarian aid in Borno State.
Ms Gough further said that the temporary suspension will only be affecting the areas with high risks.
A suspension was placed on the northeast on Friday after milita