The Kaduna State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) has embarked on the training of 300 households and caregivers on effective nutrition response during emergencies. The Executive Secretary of the agency, Maimuna Abubakar, said at the event that the training was crucial to meet the nutritional needs of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the state.
Abubakar, who was represented by the agency’s Director, Administration and Finance, Mr. Aminu Adamu, decried the increasing number of IDPs being recorded in the state. He said that the challenge of feeding during emergencies was not only the non-availability of food but also how to use available food items to prepare nutritious meals for vulnerable women and children.
According to him, the response and support of stakeholders should address the nutritional needs of displaced women, children and other persons in emergencies.
He stated, “This sensitisation was key to ensure improvement in the response of households, caregivers on how to feed their children during emergencies, to prevent malnutrition. SEMA distributes relief materials to IDPs in the form of food items, but often with no consideration to nutritional content. This is why this programme was organised to sensitise participants on the kinds of food that should be distributed to the IDPs and how households and caregivers should feed their children during emergencies.”
The resource person, Mr. Adole Inalegwu, UNICEF Focal Person, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, pointed out that the food needs of people differ during emergencies. Inalegwu said that households and caregivers, including IDP camp managers, should ensure that the food support tallies with the food needs of the different categories of people, particularly children. New Nigeria News