Bambale told NAN on the sideline of a quarterly review meeting with local government Nutrition
Focal Persons that the RUTF were distributed to 15 local government areas offering Community
Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) services.
He described RUTF as an energy-dense, mineral and vitamin-rich food that requires no preparation
specifically designed to treat Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM).
He recalled that KADENAP had in May facilitated the procurement of 3,450 cartons of the RUTF
worth N100 million for the treatment of SAM children in the state.
He said that RUTF was procured with N100 million provided by the state government, adding that processes were ongoing for the release of additional N500 million to procure more RUTF.
He added that “while efforts are ongoing to prevent malnutrition among children under five years, government is determined to ensure that no child dies of malnutrition.
“This is why the government approved an additional N500 million for the procurement of RUTF to ensure that the CMAM sites do not run out of stock.
“We are currently promoting community infant and young child feeding practices such as early initiation of breast milk within an hour of birth, exclusive breastfeed and age-appropriate complementary feeding.
“This is being done with support from development partners like UNICEF, Save the Children, Alive and Thrive, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition among others to prevent malnutrition among children under five years,” he said.
Mr George Adams, the Assistant State Nutrition Officer, had explained at the meeting that government treated 5,573 SAM children out of 7,075 admitted at CMAM sites between January and May.
Adams explained that the cure rate was 78.8 per cent, above the 75 per cent target.
He added that so far, 71,653 SAM children had been cured out of the 96,403 admitted between 2017 and May 2021, representing 74.3 per cent cure rate in spite of challenges by COVID-19.
Dariya said that the meeting was also to document barriers and opportunities for optimal nutrition practices and improve capacity of members on how to implement nutrition programmes.