Photo: Governor Ahmed Aliyu of Sokoto
By A.I, Sokoto
Sokoto state government has reiterated its commitment to ending child malnutrition as about 300,000 children were affected.
According to the UNICEF 2023 report, 297,832 children were malnourished in Sokoto state.
The report, titled “2023 Sokoto, Katsina, and Zamfara SMART Survey and Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) Acute Malnutrition (AMN) Analysis,” released by the agency, said the state was among those with the highest number of malnourished children.
The Nutrition Specialist of UNICEF in Sokoto field office, Abraham Mahama, who presented the report, attributed the development to poor feeding practices, insecurity, and inadequate funding.
Mahama noted that many farmers were displaced due to banditry, severely affecting food production in the state.
The Special Adviser to Governor Ahmed Aliyu, in charge of the State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Muhammad Bello, emphasized the present administration’s commitment to reversing the concerning trend.
He commended UNICEF for its continuous support to the state.
Maryam Sa’ad, the Chief Field Officer of UNICEF, urged stakeholders in the state to utilize the data for planning future nutritional programs.
UNICEF also handed over laptops and accessories to improve data management for state and local government nutritional officers.