Following the continued stay at home of school pupils due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Africa Health Budget Network (AHBN) said the home feeding programme ‘Take Home Ration (THR)’, recently flagged off by the Federal Government, would assist in fighting malnourishment.
National Coordinator AHBN, Dr. Aminu Magashi, who made this known in Abuja, said the programme was a step in the right direction, given the high rate of malnourished and Severe Acute Malnourished (SAM) children in the country, especially in the north. In Nigeria, 2.9 million children suffer from SAM, with over 900 of them resident in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states.
Magashi stressed that the COVID-19 pandemic has compounded the high cases of malnourishment already existing in the country. According to him, “Our kids in many of our community and public schools are malnourished. If it can be delivered in an accountable and transparent manner, it will go a long way to fight malnutrition and improve immunity, ease the stress of lockdown and a low economy.”
Magashi, who urged the media to monitor and ensure compliance to a transparent and accountable THR process, joined other stakeholders in asking government to provide more clarity on the resources generation for the programme, and specific areas targeted. New Telegraph