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ENUGU SETS UP A MALNURITION CENTRE FOR WOMEN AND CHILDREN

The Enugu State government in collaboration with United Nations Children Education Fund have set up three centers for the Management of Acute Malnutrition in the state.

According to the state nutrition officer, Dr Henrietta Ugwu, the centers were built in order to fight against the rising cases of acute malnutrition among children in the state.

Ugwu disclosed this plan on Wednesday during a one day media engagement workshop organized by Civil Society Scaling-up Nutrition in Enugu.

While making the revelation that the state have been battling series of acute malnutrition, she mentioned that between UNICEF AND the Federal Ministry of Health, the state was able to afford setting up the CMAM centres which are located in Obollo-Afor, Abakpa Nike and Oji River. part of the state.

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She said, “Children are still very much malnourished in Enugu State. Children still go to bed hungry and we have malnourished children scattered all over the local governments in the state. There is no local government that does not have malnourished children.”

“Currently in Enugu State, with the assistance of the Federal Ministry of Health and UNICEF, by March this year, we were able to establish three centres where malnourished children are taken care of.”

“And since these three centres were established, we have been recording numbers of malnourished children even with the intensive routine immunization that we have carried. We just came out of the second round of modified integrated medical outreach.”

On his part, Enugu State coordinator of CS-SUNN, Dr Chuka Agunwa, disclosed that the Enugu State government has accepted to work with a five-year nutrition budget line which will go a long way in addressing the issue malnutrition in the state.

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