“Everyday mothers bring in children who are skinny and frail, and when we test them we find out they have cases of severe acute malnutrition,” Ms Babagana who works at a clinic in Muna camp for internally displayed person (IDPs) Read more:
“Everyday mothers bring in children who are skinny and frail, and when we test them we find out they have cases of severe acute malnutrition,” Ms Babagana who works at a clinic in Muna camp for internally displayed person (IDPs) in Borno State, said. “In a week, we usually record at least 40 to 45 …
“In a week, we usually record at least 40 to 45 cases, which we immediately subject to treatment.”
“Last week, we had many cases from new IDPs that have fled volatile locations like Mafa, Magumeri and Gajigana villages of Borno State,” she said.
At least 233,000 children under the age of six have been diagnosed and treated for Severe Acute Malnutrition in communities around Borno State between October 2018 to May this year, officials at the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) have said.
It was later to be discovered that the mother continued to breastfeed her 18-months-old baby despite her pregnancy.
“We have also noticed that a surge in the number of new cases of SAM has been due to more new arrivals of IDPs whose communities in Mafa, Gajigana, and Magumeri have been attacked by insurgents recently. And it means going by what we have recorded now, we should be expecting more cases as the week goes by,” said Ms Babagana.
According to Mr. Das, UNICEF has been able to secure additional support from DFID to the tune of 22 million Pounds, (about (N9.8 billion) to tackle the issue of child malnutrition for the next three years in Borno State alone.Read more: Daily Trust
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