Kaduna state says it has recorded 17,989 cases of severe acute malnutrition across the State in the year 2017.
Hajiya Hauwa Usman, a Nutritionist with Kaduna State Nutrition Office, State Primary Health Care Development Agency (SPHCDA), disclosed this while presenting an overview of Nutrition situation in the State at an ongoing two-day workshop for Kaduna journalists, organised by KADENAP in Zaria, Kaduna, Northwest Nigeria.
According to her, out of the 17,989 cases of malnourished cases across the State in the year 2017, about 11,324 cases have been cured.
She further explained that, “about 13,382 of the cases were discharged, while 169 deaths were recorded, adding that a total non recovered/rate is 374, and out of the 384 tested for HIV, only 3 were tested positive”.
The Nutritionist noted that malnutrition accounts for 50 per cent of death of children under five in Kaduna state.
She mentioned that KADENAP in collaboration with UNICEF, has spent about 750 million naira on the purchase of RTUF, saying, UNICEF contributed ₦450 million while the State paid ₦300 million.
During a field trip to the Kugu Community PHC in Zaria LGA, the Nutrition Vocal Officer, Malam Lawal Jibril said the Centre had admitted over 4,000 children suffering from severe acute malnutrition since inception in the year 2016.
Malam Jibril explained that, the Centre which is also an Out Patient Therapeutic Program, OTP admits only patients who can take the Ready To Use Therapeutic Food, RTUF and some drugs at the first instance, but refer cases beyond management to Secondary facilities.
He added that 14-18 sachets of RTUF with supporting drugs is usually administered to patients within eight weeks for effective recovery.
KADENAP operates in about 27 PHCs across five LGAs of the State, which include, Igabi, Zaria, Kachia and Kaduna North and South respectively.