UNICEF laments high level of malnutrition in Bauchi


David Adenuga Bauchi

 

The United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) has said that children in Bauchi State still face high prevalence of acute malnutrition.

The UNICEF Nutrition  Officer, Dr. Jackson Martin, disclosed  this while delivering a goodwill message during a week-long free medical service for women and children in all the 323 wards of the state, tagged “Maternal Newborn and Child Health week” held in Miri town, Bauchi State.

According to him, a 2018 SMART Survey report that Bauchi State still faces a high prevalence of acute malnutrition of 28.2 percent and a high stunting rate of 45.6 percent.

He said the situation is critical and is over the national indices of 19.9 percent and 32.0 percent prevalence of acute malnutrition and stunting.

‘’In Bauchi State, only 29.3 percent of children, age 6-59 months, received at least one high-dose vitamin A supplement in the 6 months according to the 2018 SMART Survey’’

He added that UNICEF has supported the state with…



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