Birnin Kebb - The Kebbi Government said on Thursday that it spent N175 million on the purchase of drugs and treatment of malnutrition amongst children in the last one year.
The Director, Primary Health Care Services in the state Ministry of Health, Alhaji Muhammad Argungu, said this in Birnin Kebbi in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
Argungu told NAN that the programme, which also involved the purchase of nutritional materials for the affected children, was carried out in collaboration with UNICEF.
“The programme is presently conducted in 65 centres in 10 local government areas while 10,000 malnourished children have already benefited from it,” he said.
Argungu said children living in border towns with Niger and Benin republics also benefited from the programme.
He said the state government released N100 million every year since 2010 as its counterpart funding for the programme.
“The programme was introduced in 2010 in Kebbi to help in combating malnutrition amongst children, particularly in areas bordering Niger and Benin republics,” he said.