No fewer than 3.6 million malnourished children have been treated in Kano State under the Community Management of Acute Malnutrition CMAM programme of UNICEF started in the state in 2010.
Hajiya Halima Musa, the Nutrition Officer, Kano State Ministry of Health, made the disclosure during a field trip to Sharada Primary Health Center, Kano, organized for journalists by UNICEF on Thursday.
The trip was to acquaint journalists drawn from Kano, Katsina, Sokoto, Taraba, Lagos, Abuja, Kaduna, Gombe, Bauchi, Plateau, Adamawa and Jigawa, on malnutrition control in the state.
She said that 30 centers for the treatment of malnutrition have been opened in six selected local governments of the state. Mrs. Musa further revealed that 103,376 malnourished children were treated across the centers in 2015.
She said that 5,744 patients were admitted, with nine deaths recorded during the period. Musa added that 1,617 patients had recovered, while some 272 of those discharged defaulted in their treatment schedules.
According to her, each center attends to an average of between 80 and 100 patients daily. The official explained that Ready to Use Therapy Food RTUF was given to malnourished children free of charge. She called for the expansion of the treatment centres to at least 22 local government areas across the state, for effective management of the condition. Musa urged the relevant stakeholders to provide enough manpower for effective service delivery.