Scale up malnutrition programme to 11 LGAs, CSO tells Gombe

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A Civil Society Coalition on malnutrition has appealed to the Gombe state government to scale up Community-  Based Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) sites across the eleven LGA’s of the state.

Assistant  Programme Officer, Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre, Mohammed Muritala, said the remaining five  sites should be considered for effective distribution of ready to use therapeutic food and treatment of Severe Acute Malnutrition.

Muritala stated this during an interface session on Prevention and Treatment of Severe Acute Malnutrition, organized by CISLAC, Future Assured, International Society of Media in Public  Health, and Network for Health Equity and Development with state actors in the House Assembly and MDA’s.

“Out of 11 local government areas in the state, 6 Community Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) sites are in operation, with 5 LGA’s yet to be established,” he said.

While appreciating the government for approving 75 million naira for the purchase of RUTF, Muritala added that 25 million has so far been released.

Speaker, Gombe state House of Assembly, Ibrahim Abubakar, during an under spot assessment to Pantami CMAM site said what was observed is a stark reality of the situation of malnutrition in the state.

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