The United Nations Children Fund, UNICEF has expressed concern over increasing cases of Severe Acute Malnutrition in Nasarawa state.
Coordinator of UNICEF in the state Alhaji Yakubu Mohammed gave this indication in an interview with Radio Nigeria in Lafia. Alhaji Yakubu Mohammed stated that the increasing cases of malnutrition in the state call for urgent intervention of the state government by paying its counterpart funds as part of steps towards addressing the trend.
The UNICEF Coordinator in Nasarawa state, Alhaji Yakubu Mohammed pointed out that the state government was expected to pay about seventy million Naira as counterpart contribution to access over two hundred million Naira from UNICEF to service children programmes including nutrition.
Radio Nigeria visited some health centres in the state and gathered that children suffering from Severe Acute Malnutrition and stunted growth were on admission, especially Dalhatu Araf Specialists Hospital Lafia where the health workers refused to speak on record complained of non-availability of Ready to Use Food.
In a telephone interview, Executive Chairman of the State Primary Health Care Development Agency, Mohammed Adis insisted that the cases of malnutrition were a nationwide issue not peculiar to Nasarawa State.