From: Femi Oyelola, Kaduna
Eleven thousands three twenty eight (11,328 ) malnourished children have been treated in various Community Management of Acute Malnutrition, (CMAM) from January to June 2020 in Kaduna state.
This is contained in a communiqué issued at the end of a 2-day review and pre-budget meeting with stakeholders in Zaria, Kaduna state yesterday.
The communiqué stated that the 11,328 are part of the 15,842 Children admitted in the center. 94 of them died within the period.
The communiqué signed by Director, Development Aid Coordation, Kaduna State Planning and Budget Commission, Malam Salisu Lawal; Chairman of House Committee on Finance, Appropriation and Budget, KDSHA, Hon. Ahmed Mohammed; State Nutrition Officer, Kaduna State PHCDB, Mrs Ramatu Haruna; and Planning Officer, Kaduna State Ministry of Local Government Affairs, Malam Mohammed Adamu.
The stakeholders agreed that Kaduna state had recorded an impressive budget performance in the health sector in 2019, with 96% budget performance compared to the 30% recorded in 2018.
“Partners support have played major role in supporting the State to improve the nutrition situation
“However, the NDHS 2018 placed Kaduna State in the 9th position among states with high burden of stunted children at 48.1%, higher than the national rate of 37%.
“There is the problem of cultural and religious misconceptions around early initiation of breastfeeding, exclusive breastfeeding, and minimum dietary diversification.
“Low level of key nutrition indices with only 35.9% practice early initiation of breastfeeding within one hour of birth, exclusive breastfeeding 19.7% (MICS 2017), and minimum dietary diversification 28% (NNHS 2018)
“Low cash backing of allocated nutrition funds at the State and LGAs, couple with the absence of nutrition budget lines in relevant MDAs.
“There is also the problem of inadequate Nutritionists at the PHC and LGA levels with only 3 currently working one each in Igabi, Kagarko and Zaria LGAs.
“Low capacity of nutrition focal persons in many MDAs and LGAs to plan, implement, and document successes, case studies and lessons learnt.
“Weak monitoring and supervision of nutrition programmes at all levels in the state.
“Currently, Nutrition budget line in the 2020 budget is domiciled at Ministry of Health for relevant MDAs to access through KADENAP. This creates multiple processes that could slow down timely access to allocated funds.
“Good practice requires that budget provisions be made in every line MDAs implementing nutrition programmes in the state for maximum result.
“MDAs not writing memo to access allocated funds to implement nutrition programmes.
“Disruption of nutrition and related programme implementation due to lock down of the state as aesult of COVID-19 pandemic.”