NGO injects N3billion to fight malnutrition in Jigawa

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By DAHIRU SULEIMAN, DUTSE.

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A non-governmental organization, Action Against Hunger says it expended N3, 945,500 on training, and provision of essential nutrients to arrest malnutrition on pregnant women and children below the ages of five in three piloted LGA’s in Jigawa State in the last six years.

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The program under Child Development Grant Program, ( CDGP) was said to have been carried out by the NGO in councils such as Gagarawa, Buji, and Kiri-Kasamma where hundreds of selected women, mostly pregnant and nursing mothers were given intensive training on sanitation and hygiene, essentially on nutrients on preventive and control of malnutrition on childrens below the ages of five for good living.

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This was stated by Head of Advocacy and Information of the offices, Mal. Sabiu Suleiman during a meeting with critical stakeholder’s programme of the NGO held in Dutse.

Breakdown of the expenses shows in Buji the offices spend N1,486,203,500, while in Gagarawa it consumed N800,014,500, and in Kiri-Kasamma LGA the offices expended the sum of N 1,657,787,500 through payment of monthly cash transfer in form of social intervention allowances of four – four thousand naira to the participating women groups drawn from the three designated areas in Jigawa state.

In addition to training the participating women on the use and acquiring necessary nutrition products for their kids in arresting malnutrition for healthy living, the NGO provided four thousand naira as support to participant’s in acquiring other extra opportunities for self reliance.

He said no fewer than fifty eight thousand, eight hundred and nineteen different communities drawn from the three piloted LGA in Jigawa state have benefitted from the programme started in the year 2013 to date.

The three piloted councils are Buji with twenty one thousand, six hundred and fifty six participants, followed by Gagarawa with eleven thousand and sixty two, and Kiri-Kasamma LGA with twenty six thousand, one hundred and two beneficiaries.

On the meeting, Sulaiman stated the essence was to overviews the concept of the programs, and sum its lapses and proper solutions for a way forward.

Speaking on the occasion, the Permanent Secretary, Salary and Pension in the Jigawa State Civil Service, Mal Adamu Mohammed commended Action Against Hunger for it’s concern on the control or the elimination of malnutrition scopes affecting our younger generation at the grassroot levels, stressing the state government is working inwards towards the expansion of the concepts for other councils in the state to benefit.

In his remarks, the Jigawa State Director Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr.Shehu Sambo said the impact of CDGP cannot be overemphasize as the program highlighted on the significance of nutrition development on children below the ages of five for sustainable living.

He called on government’s at all level’s to continue to partner with donor agencies in the promotion of all health issues related to human health development of the people for quality life living.

 

 

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