The Niger State Government is partnering a humanitarian organisation, Plan International and Accelerating Nutrition Results in Nigeria, ANRiN, to reduce the impact of Malnutrition in the state.
To this end, the world bank
has also provided intervention packages for children under five years of age, pregnant women and Lactating mothers.
According to the World health organisation, about 45% of death among Children under five years of age are linked to Malnutrition.
A research by Food and Agriculture Organisation of United Nations indicates that the cost of malnutrition is high, but investing in solutions can improve long term nutritional outcomes.
It also says that Malnutrition is a disease that has a lot of negative impacts on children and women.
A community Health Volunteer in Jere ward of Paikoro Local Government area, Mrs Rhoda Jonathan and that of Paiko, Mrs Binta Salihu expressed joy over the response and acceptance rate of the various interventions.
Mrs Aishatu Salihu who is the Nutrition Focal person of Paikoro Local government Area said despite the Security challenges in some parts of the local government, nutrition services are available in all the focal areas.
In Paiko and Jere wards of Paikoro local government area of the state, Some beneficiaries of these interventions, Shamsiya Isiyaku, Zuwaira Muhammad and Rakiya Muhammed commended the state government for the gesture.
The Nutrition interventions which are funded by the world bank with counterpart funding from the Niger state government are being implemented by Plan international and Accelerating Nutrition Results in Nigeria in collaboration with federation of Muslim Women Association of Nigeria- FOMWAN.
By RITA DURUMI