Rude Shock As 73 Nigerian Children Die Of Malnutrition
73 children have died as a result of malnutrition in the past six months, the Niger State Nutrition Officer, Asmau Mohammed has stated.
She said this at the High-level Advocacy and Policy Dialogue on the Nutrition Situation in Niger state on Monday.
Mohammed stated that these are the number of deaths recorded at the Community Based Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) and Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) Centers across Niger state.
She, however, explained that these figures are the official figures of those who present their children for treatment at these centres, noting that there may be more as the centres are not all over the state while most people may not have presented their children for treatment.
Giving the profile of the Community based management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) Center in Niger state, she said that in the past six months, 2,899 children have been admitted with 1,370 discharged adding that the centre recorded 196 defaulters and 46 deaths.
On the seven Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) centres, Mohammed said that 234 children were admitted in the past six months with 163 discharged while 10 defaulted and 27 died.
The State Nutrition Officer further appealed for the establishment of more CMAM centres stressing that the only CMAM centre which is in Mariga is not adequate to cater to the malnutrition needs of the state.