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Nasarawa lifts 2,637 children out of malnutrition —Agency claims

Nasarawa lifts 2,637 children out of malnutrition —Agency claims

The Nasarawa State Primary Health Care Development Agency (NSPHCDA) on Thursday said said that 2,637 children under five years had been cured of Acute Malnutrition since 2018.

Dr Mohammad Adis, Executive Chairman of the agency, disclosed the figure to newsmen on Thursday in Lafia.

Adis said that the treatment of the malnourished children in the state, under the Community based Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) programme, was a collaborative effort of NSPHCDA and United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF).

He added that CMAM programme, rolled out in Akwanga, Keffi and Lafia Local Government Areas of the state, February 2018, was geared toward managing children affected by acute malnutrition.

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The executive chairman noted that the target of the programme was also to reach out to maximum number of children with cases of acute malnutrition for treatment.

He said so far, a total of 3,595 children had been enrolled and accessing treatment in the designated Out-patient Therapeutic Programme sites across the selected local government areas.

The executive chairman said that the children were undergoing treatment, using `Ready to Use Therapeutic Food’ (RUTF) supplements.

He noted that the programme had yielded tremendous results, adding that no record of death of the children being treated of acute malnutrition in the various facilities.

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