Kaduna Government, UNICEF inaugurate scheme to tackle malnutrition


Kaduna State Emergency Nutrition Action Plan (KADENAP) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), have inaugurated a food demonstration corner at the Primary Health Centre, in Kasuwan Magani, Kajuru Local Government Area of the state.

KADENAP Chairperson and wife of the Governor, Aisha El-Rufa’i, said the project would encourage use of recipes from locally grown foods to provide caregivers experience on preparing nutritious meals for children.

She said the project would improve complementary feeding for children between six and 23 months, thereby tackling malnutrition.The food demonstration corner is aimed at showcasing the efforts at sustaining Community Infant and Young Child Feeding (C-IYCF) practices of early initiation of breast feeding, practice of exclusive breast feeding and adequate complementary feeding,” she said.

The governor’s wife said that the state government had partnered with UNICEF in areas of investments to strengthen C-IYCF programme in the state, adding that the project would serve as a model for other PCHs across the 23 Local Government Areas.

UNICEF Nutrition Specialist, Mrs. Chinwe Ezeife, commended KADENAP for increasing CMAM sites from two local government areas to five, where treatment had been given to more than 1,000 malnourished children.

She pledged UNICEF’s continued partnership with the state government to tackle infant and child mortality.

Kajuru Local Government Administrator, Aminu Zangon-Aya, said the project would be increased to five PHCs in the LGA, adding that necessary materials had been procured and installed.

He also commended the efforts by the state government towards curbing infant and child mortality in the state’s health sector.