The United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF’s has announced plan to reach out to at least 35,000 children suffering from moderate malnutrition in Gombe State under its five-year programme so as to tackle malnutrition in babies between six and 24 months.
UNICEF added that the aim is also to improve the Children’s nutritional status and also prevent their condition from degenerating into severe acute malnutrition.
The initiative is ‘tagged Progressive Action on Resilient System for Nutrition through Innovation and Partnership’.
The UN agency made the disclosure during the opening ceremony of a training workshop for community and health workers in Gombe State.
Speaking shortly before the commencement of the workshop, a Nutrition Specialist from the UNICEF Bauchi Field Office, Philomena Irene, said the intervention programme would hold first in two Local Government Areas; Kwami and Kaltungo.
She added that the capacity-building workshop is geared towards empowering healthcare, and community workers with the requisite knowledge to manage moderately malnourished children.
According to her, moderately malnourished children are in greater number compared to those with severe malnutrition.