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UNICEF commends Kebbi for paying N158m malnutrition fund

07 March 2014, 18:13

Kebbi - The United Nations Children's Fund, UNICEF has commended Kebbi government for paying its N158 million counterpart funding to curb malnutrition in the state in two years.

The UNICEF officer in charge of malnutrition, Stanley Okechukwu, made the commendation when he visited Governor Saidu Dakingari of Kebbi in Birnin Kebbi on Thursday.

He also commended the state government for ensuring the treatment of 100 000 malnourished children and enabling the treatment of 600 000 more children against child killer diseases within the period.

Okechukwu described the efforts to fight such diseases as highly commendable and assured that UNICEF would sustain its support to the state.

Earlier, Dakingari had told the UNICEF officer that the state government would ensure cordial relationship with national and international donor agencies to ensure improved healthcare delivery in the state.

He said "my administration will ensure that polio record remains at zero and we will ensure that 35 new hospitals and 125 MDG clinics are functional."

Also, Sani Argungu, the Director, Primary Health Care, said malnutrition in the state had dropped from 8.9 per cent to 0.8 per cent.

He added that the achievement followed prompt supply of drugs and feeding formula by UNICEF at the eight designated treatment centres in the state on monthly basis.

-  NAN

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