Muhammad Garba, Dutse
United Nation Children Funds (UNICEF) has delivered 3,640 cartons of Ready to Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF) worth eighty million Naira to Jigawa state.
Speaking while receiving the consignment, the Secretary to Jigawa State Government (SSG) Alhaji Abdulkadir Fanini commended UNICEF for supporting the state in the procurement of the commodities.
The SSG who was represented by Permanent Secretary cabinets office Muhammad Dagaceri said the state government is committed to the use of all necessary channels in tackling the menace of child malnutrition in the state.
While shading light, the Executive Secretary State Primary Healthcare Board (SPHCB) Dr Kabiru Ibrahim said, the RUTF can be used in treating over 3,460 children with saver acute malnutrition.
He revealed that, the state government paid the complete money for the purchase of the RUTF while UNICEF intermediate between state and manufacturing company for the supply.
In his Comments at the formal handing over of the RUTF, the Chairman of Jigawa Coalition of Civil Society for Nutrition Comrade Shuaibu Kafingana described the delivery as timely particularly considering the challenges caused on child nutrition by Covid-19 pandemic.
Comrades Kafingana promised to collaborate with state government, UNICEF and other community organisation to ensure quick distribution of the commodities to all Centres for Management of acute Malnutrition in the state.