The Kaduna State Government, supported by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has trained critical stakeholders in Community-Infant and Young Child Feeding (C-IYCF) to strengthen community sensitisation and mobilisation for optimal infant feeding.
The state’s Nutrition Officer, Mrs Ramatu Musa, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kaduna on Thursday.
According to her, the goal is to prevent malnutrition among women and under five children.
She said that the local governments were among the three additional areas that UNICEF was supporting to prevent malnutrition among women and children.
The nutrition officer said that the state government was strengthening preventive interventions against malnutrition, adding that C-IYCF was a proven strategy to prevent malnutrition.
She thanked UNICEF for the support which she described as “timely” considering the high number of malnourished children in the state LGAs due to insecurity and other factors.
“I thank UNICEF for supporting us to train critical stakeholders, such as the health workers, community members and volunteers for effective community sensitisation on adequate IYCF practices,” she said.
“The health workers and the community members are now equipped with the needed skills and capacity to effectively sensitise, counsel and mobilse mothers and caregivers on adequate C-IYCF practices.
“I am confident that we will see the impact in the next six months if we all do our job right,” he said.
She stressed that the extension of the IYCF to community level would go a long way in sensitising mothers, caregivers and community members on how to use locally available food items to prevent malnutrition.
“This will strengthen community sensitisation and mobilisation for optimal C-IYCF, to prevent malnutrition among children under five years,” she added. (NAN)