NIGERIA. Adamawa State: The United Nations Children’s Educational Fund (UNICEF) with Adamawa State Primary Healthcare Development Agency (ADPHCDA) has announced the commencement of training of 6,255 women on the nutritional state of their wards.
This was disclosed during the training of the Local Government Executive Secretaries and their Nutrition Focal Persons by the UNICEF Nutrition Officer, Adamawa State Office, Martins Ladu in Yola the state capital.
The training will start at the ward levels to teach how mothers will adopt the use of Mid-Upper Arm Circumstance (MUAC) tape, to discover malnourishment in children at an early stage.
“This programme is funded by the United Kingdom Agency for International Development (UKAid) through UNICEF Nigeria, and would be carried out by Adamawa state PHCDA, across its 21 local government areas”, Ladu added.
Ladu noted that the main purpose of the event was to support women and caregivers, households, and communities in taking care of their children’s health, and also to know their nutrition status, early detection, and treatment of critical malnutrition.
This will be another way to support Mass-MUAC exercise and to beat down the process by community nutrition groups.
Ladu noted that this would assist in noticing malnourished cases of children for referrals to health facilities for treatment at its early stage.
According to Ladu, the situation is still being looked at in all the communities, as such, there is a need to motivate Mothers for the use of MUAC strategy, for early detection and self-referral within communities.
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In his remark, the state Executive Chairman of ADPHCDA, Suleiman Bashir praised the initiative and thanked UNICEF and UKAid for their support and interest in saving the lives of children.
According to Bashir, already, about 10 different organizations are supporting the state in solving the problem of malnutrition.
“State government has also committed to make sure that the programme is fully implemented to save the children against malnutrition”, Bashir added.
Bashir, therefore, urged the participants to pay keen attention to the success of the programme.