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Over 811 children die of malnutrition in Jigawa, healthcare agency boss

The Executive Secretary of Jigawa State Primary Healthcare Agency, Dr. Kabiru Ibrahim  has stated that no fewer than 811 malnourished children have died across the state in last year (2016) as the epidemic worsen in 2015.

Ibrahim while delivering his speech in a workshop organized to the traditional and religious leaders in commemoration with the on going breast feeding week celebration in Dutse, the state capital, said “findings revealed that the Jigawa state has 64 percent malnourished children which is the highest state with malnutrition case in the country”.

The executive secretary who was represented by the director primary health care agency, Dr Sambo Shehu said the 2015 survey reports indicated that there is 74, 630 stunted children were registered at various malnutrition control centres in the state.

Shehu attributed the worsening situation of malnutrition among the children in the state to less or non administer of exclusive breast feeding by nursing mothers.

According to him “74, 630 children were been affected with disease and registered in our control centres and received treatment, out of this number 59, 253 children cured, over 6,000 defaulted the treatment and unfortunately 811 children lost their lives in one year (2016)”

He noted that “the purpose of this meeting is to inform you on the danger we are in and challenges bedeviling the control programme by government and development partners such as Save the Children and Unicef handling the project in the state”.

Sambo enumerated inadequate fund for the supply of rotten drugs, abuse of RUTF and defaults in treatment by parents of the patient children as serious causes of the increase of malnutrition in the state.

The director appealed to the traditional and religious leaders to made it a duty in enlightening and educating even compelling parent if necessary on the importance of exclusive breast feeding.

In his key note address the organizers of the meeting and focal person of Save the Children, Malam Muhd Kabir said “worried by the worsen of the situation made his organization to partner the state government on several health related programme which deals with children lives and health”.

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