Gombe State House of Assembly has reiterated commitment to support campaign aimed at stemming Severe Acute Malnutrition in the State.
Mr Ali Manu, the Chairman, House Committee on Appropriation, stated this when members of the coalition of Civil Society Organizations Coalition (CSOs) against Severe Acute Malnutrition visited the House on Thursday in Gombe.
He noted that Governor Inuwa Yahaya accorded priority to healthcare service delivery, adding that the Assembly had keyed into the priority area and supports the State government’s healthcare programmes.
“As the chairman, House Committee on Appropriation, I will ensure that fund allocated for nutrition has been adequately increased or the amount is maintained.
“Speaker Abubakar Sadiq-Kurba is one of the nutrition champions in the State, therefore, nobody will tamper with nutrition allocation,” he said.
Manu advised the organizations to actively engage the line ministries with clear provision for nutrition services to ensure effective utilization of the fund.
The nutrition line ministries included Health, Women Affairs, Science and Technology as well as Agriculture.
Also speaking, Mr Alhassan Yahya, spokesman of the organizations decried the high rate of Severe Acute Malnutrition in the North-east, describing the trend as “pathetic”.
Yahya noted that the National Nutrition and Health Survey 2018, indicated that Nigeria has 2.6 million cases of Severe Acute Malnutrition with North-east where Gombe is located carrying the highest burden of 60 percent of the cases.
He, therefore, advocated for increase in nutrition funding to curb the menace of Severe Acute Malnutrition in the State.
The organizations included the Care for life; SAIF Foundation, International Society of Media in Public Health (ISMPH), and Advocacy Centre for Nigeria, among others.
Amaka E. Nliam