JIGAWA Executive Council has approved the disbursement of N250 million counterpart grant for the procurement of Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF) to fight acute child malnutrition.
The state Chief Nutrition Officer, Mr Saidu Umar, made this known at a news conference in Dutse on Wednesday.
He said UNICEF had also approved its counterpart fund of N250 million for the procurement of necessary commodities for the RUTF.
The official said that under the agreement, UNICEF would facilitate and supervise the process of the procurement of the RUTF and equally assist in its management and distribution to various Centres For Management of Accurate Malnutrition (CMAM).
He added that no fewer than 10,000 children currently suffering from acute malnutriton in the state would benefit from the support.
Umar said that in addition to the RUTF, the state was also supporting various programmes to enhance maternal and child nutrition.
The Chairman, Jigawa Coalition of Civil Societies on Nutrition (JICCON), Mr Shuaibu Musa, said that the fund approval was timely, which would hopefully save many lives.
“Already, all the 67 CMAM centres in the state are out of stock, now, our hope is rekindled. RUTF will soon be available for malnourished children,” he added.(NAN)
NOVEMBER 1, 2023 @ 20:35 GMT|