Rate of stunting children in Jigawa worries CS-SUNN 

The Civil Society Scaling Up Nutrition in Nigeria (CS-SUNN) has raised concern over the increasing rate of stunting children in Jigawa state, the highest in Nigeria.

Chairman of CS-SUNN in the state, Comrade Shua’ibu Musa Kafingana, stated this in a report released weekend in Dutse, the Jigawa state capital.

He further lamented that the ready-to-use therapeutic food (RUTF) for malnourished children are now being sold at the community level by the women who benefit from it.

He said the report was generated from the advocacy visit carried out by the group on Thursday and issued to the Ministry of Budget and Economic Planning and Jigawa state Primary Healthcare Development Agency (PHCDA).

He stated further that the visit was to solicit for the increase in the paid maternity leaves from three months to six months for every breast-feeding mother in the state.

He said the team has also recommended to the policy makers in the state to strengthen the monitoring and evaluation framework for effective use of RUTF.  

“More sensitisation is needed in our communities on the use of required diet, nutrition components and culture of eating.

“There is a need to have a framework for monitoring and supervision to our Community Based Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) OTP centres in the state,” he said.