The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre, CISLAC says more than 9,000 children in Jigawa State are suffering from severe acute malnutrition.
The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre, CISLAC in a communiqué issued at the end of a retreat said severe malnutrition, has impeded the physical growth and cognitive development of the children.
The communiqué, was transmitted to the Jigawa State House of Assembly for action, noted that no fewer than 2.5 million children were affected by the medical condition in northern Nigeria alone.
‘’Currently, Jigawa State records 9,209 cases of severe acute malnutrition, with 1,510 cartons (plus 8,000 from the Federal Ministry of Health) of Ready-to-Use Therapy Food (RUTF) available for the treatment, while efforts are in progress to sustain supply, as well as avert stock-out and scale-up to other LGAs.
The Jigawa State Nutrition Officer, Saidu Adamu, who confirmed the incidents and number of children affected by malnutrition, called for the urgent intervention of the state government.
“The dreaded impacts of malnutrition include monumental economic and productivity loses, irreparable potential loss, increased susceptibility to communicable diseases, including other infections,” the communiqué added.
The group recommended sensitization, monitoring and adequate and exclusive breastfeeding to enhance the physical and cognitive development of children.
In her remarks, the CISLAC Programmes Manager, Chioma Kanu, noted that the retreat became pertinent to create awareness among legislators on the adverse effects of malnutrition on children and society at large.