The Kaduna Emergency Nutrition Action Plan (KADENAP) says the actual figure of children suffering from Severe Acute Malnutrition in Kaduna State is 263,495, as against the 1.6 million that is wrongly reported.
The clarification was made in a statement signed by the Program’s Communication Media Assistant, Fatima Umaru Hadeja, made available to Journalists Against Malnutrition (JAM) in Kaduna.
“The case load of children below the age of five years with Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) is 263,495 while that of children below the age of five years with Moderate Acute Malnutrition (MAM) is 248,394″.
The statement explained that with such data, the current prevalence rate of SAM in Kaduna is 8.1%.
The statement called on the media to disseminate the correct figures to help those fighting towards promoting good nutrition in chldren.
“The attention of all stakeholders working towards promoting nutrition and fighting against malnutrition is drawn on the update and most reliable data for usage Nationally and Internally.
Please endeavour to use and share this authentic data as a vital instrument for advocacy and resource motivation, as well as for urgent need to correct previous data of 1.6 million claimed to be severely malnourished in the state with a misleading claim of getting such data from UNICEF”.
The statement added that, UNICEF had since denied ever giving such information.
KADENAP further explained that the wrong figure of 1.6 million being circulated represents the total population of children under the age of five in Kaduna state as a projected population of 8 million people in the year 2015/16 in the State and not those with Severe Acute Malnutrition.