Kaduna moves to reduce anaemia in children, others ― Perm Sec -GCFRNG

Kaduna moves to reduce anaemia in children, others ― Perm Sec -GCFRNG

The Kaduna state government has stated its commitment to improving the nutritional status of residents, including reducing anemia among children, adolescents and women.

The permanent secretary of the state Planning and Budget Commission, Hajiya Umma Aboki, made the revelation at the opening of a two-day workshop in Kaduna on Friday.

Aboki said the program was aimed at determining the status of anemia in all local government councils and improving the nutritional status of its residents.

“Anemia is one of the life-threatening diseases that affects our population in Kaduna state.

“In the last two years, not all Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) had nutrition budget lines, but from now on they all have nutrition budget lines, as well as all LGAs, it is a plus for us in our scale of nutrition plan, ” he said.

Represented by Alhaji Salisu Lawal, Director of Coordination of Health for Development of the state in the Commission, Aboki added that anemia continues to be a major challenge in the state.

He noted that despite huge government investments in nutrition, anemia remained prevalent among adolescent girls, women, and school-age children, which, if left unchecked, could lower IQ and decrease ability to learning and future achievements.

The permanent secretary urged the participants to support the state government’s plan to reduce anemia in different communities of the state.

Dr Zainab Idris, Accelerating Nutrition Outcomes Project Manager Nigeria (ANRiN), said that many of the services in Primary Health Care Centers were not accessible and not being used.

Idris said the lack of access to and utilization of services that would have improved nutrition required ANRiN’s interventions.

“This is something that we hope will really work, so in the end there will be a multiplier effect, and this is where the ANRiN project will contribute and see possibilities for collaboration to deliver the target services.

“The services are intended to ensure that communication counseling on strategic social behavior change about the practice of maternal, infant and young child nutrition is improved in communities,” he said.

Idris added that micronutrition powder for children would be distributed to treat diarrheal infection, provide pregnant women with iron, folic acid and malaria treatment.

“These are the things we are already doing, they will complement this project. We will soon embark on monitoring our respective LGAs, to see how the interventions are progressing, ”he added.

The Nigerian News Agency (NAN) reports that participants came from local government councils, including health secretaries and reproductive health coordinators from the 23 LGAs in the state.

Others were representatives of UNICEF, Save the Children Fund, Alive and Thrive, Civil Society Scaling-Up Nutrition in Nigeria, Kaduna State Emergency Nutrition Action Plan.

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Kaduna moves to reduce anaemia in children, others ― Perm Sec -GCFRNG

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