In Kaduna State, about 132 children reportedly died over severe acute malnutrition out of the 12,858 hospitalised between January and October 2018 in the state.
While giving an update on the nutrition situation in the state at a two-day meeting in Kaduna, Mrs Hausa Usman, state nutrition officer, revealed that 10,604 out of the 12,858 have been cured.
She said: “Currently, 11.7 per cent of children under-five years are wasted – suffering from severe acute malnutrition, while 47 per cent are stunted (too short for their age).
“The Multiple Indicators Cluster Survey, 2017, releveled that the rate of timely breastfeeding initiation is 28.9 per cent, while only 19,7 per cent under-five children were exclusively breastfed.
“Similarly, only 10 children aged six to 23 months were adequately and appropriately fed.”
The state CS-SUNN Coordinator, Mr. Silas Ideva, said: “To address the issue of malnutrition, there is the need for nutrition budget line in all relevant ministry, departments and agencies.
“There is also the need to scale up high impact cost effective nutrition interventions at strategic locations and expedite action on finalising Kaduna State policy on Food and Nutrition.
“The state government also needs to have a holistic budget for nutrition specific and nutrition sensitive interventions.”