Experts from different consortiums have called for a more sustainable system that will support and address the needs of children as over one million children in Nigeria particularly the northeast have been faced with the problem of severe acute malnutrition and
may die if nothing is done to save the situation.
They made the call recently at a programme organized by International Society of Media in Public Health (ISMPH) in collaboration with other organizations involved in the fight against Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM), tagged; lesson learnt Dissemination Event, where it was stressed that 95% of SAM can be treated if the right commodities as well as increased food accessibility to improve the well-being of children are made available at
every point in time.
They pointed out that the malnutrition situation may also be negatively affected due to the
the present of COVID-19 pandemic which has impacted so much on the country’s economy thereby leading to inadequate treatment for all children affected by acute Malnutrition in all areas.
The meeting, therefore, avail experts the opportunity to brainstorm on the lessons learnt and as well call on government at all levels to scale up treatment and funding for SAM in Nigeria especially in states with low coverage.
According to the Executive Director of ISMPH ,Dr. Moji Makanjuola narrated that the NGO has in the last two and a half years experienced a lot of challenges ranging from neglect for children faced by SAM, lack of support by donors agencies, lack of proper funding by the government at all quarters, non-availability of sufficient RUTF, among others just as efforts have been made in the last two and a half years to make strong case for Severe Acute Malnutrition which has been a problem among Nigerian Children particularly in the northeast, therefore, the call for sustainable funding cannot be overemphasised.
She said these children have been neglected for so long and the event of Covid 19 had made matter worst such that little or no attention is given to the aforementioned problem.
In spite of that , ISMPH as part of it’s mandate has brought the lessons learnt and experiences gathered in the past few years for robust discussions with critical stakeholders in the consortiums to renew their call for more support to end the SAM in the country.
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