NGO Civil Society Scaling Up Nutrition in Nigeria (CSSUNN) has urged the Bauchi state Government to establish more Community Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) centres across the state to curb malnutrition.
Malam Sodangi Chindo the State Chairman of CSSUNN made the call in an interview with Newsmen in Bauchi.
Chindo lamented over the poor attention given to Malnutrition in the state, revealed that only 16 CMAM centers was established in the state through the effort of UNICEF.
“Presently the state only 16 CMAM centers across the state with 323 wards in 20 local governments areas.
“Government is not doing enough about malnutrition In the whole of this state only 16 Centers to take care of malnutrition and stunting children which is even established by UNICEF, that is not right for the state.
“Government should do more by investing on Nutrition to save the children and their mothers,” he said.
The Chairman said, there is need for the establishment of more centers to made the provision of Ready-To-Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF) to treat children with severe acute malnutrition (SAM).
“These foods are usually given to mothers or caregivers at the Community Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) centres,” he said.
Mal. Sodangi also call on the state government to provide budget line fund for nutrition in the state to tackle malnutrition effectively.
“One of the key problem of nutrition in the state is because nutrition don’t have budget line fund,
“The funding comes from scattered line ministries and agencies such as Ministry of Women Affairs, Primary Health care delivery , Ministry of health, is difficult to follow it up for implemention.
“Therefore, if the nutrition has it budget line funding the rate of malnutrition will reduce drastically,” he said.
He stressed that CSSUNN have been advocating to the policy makers on the need to create budget for nutrition that will mitigate against malnutrition and stunting.
“We also engage in sensitizing and awareness creation to stakeholders, parents, government and the general public on budget fund for nutrition programme and establishment of CMAM centers in the state.
“The organisation also educate on RUTF treatment as it focus on mothers and caregivers about complementary feeding practices and breastfeeding until the child reaches the age two.
He however revealed that one of the challenges are mothers who don’t give the RUTF to their malnourished children “we advice, sensitise and educate them on the dangers and the need of the usage.