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UNICEF Commends Jigawa Governor for Pioneering Nutrition Programme

Written by Yusuf Zubairu

The United Nations Children’s Fund UNICEF has commended Governor Umar Namadi of Jigawa state for efforts in combating malnutrition amongst children in the state.

The UNICEF Country Representative, Ms Cristian Munduate, gave the commendation while handing over 12,000 cartons of Ready To Use Therapeutic Foods to the government in Dutse.

Munduate said that Jigawa was the first state in Nigeria to implement a community nutrition programme, “Masaki Nutrition Programme” has been proactive in dealing with malnutrition.

Last year, the state procured 4,672 cartons of RUTF, which could treat over 5,000 children.

She said, Jigawa’s innovative Masaki Nutrition Programme with 300 community sites fully funded by the government focused on malnutrition prevention.

Ms Munduate further explained that UNICEF had provided Multiple Maternal Supplements (MMS) free for pregnant women in the state to improve pregnancy outcomes.

“Our commitment to enhancing nutrition and health outcomes for the people of Jigawa, especially women and children, remains steadfast,”

The UNICEF representative expressed delight that over the past three years, Jigawa has done well in nutrition, health and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene.

According to her, the state has displayed commitment through consistent release of funds, quality service delivery and creating a strong enabling environment.