The Civil Society Scaling Up Nutrition in Nigeria has urged the Gombe state government to embrace Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF), saying it will help in the fight against malnutrition.
Speaking at a media engagement in Gombe, the state coordinator, Comfort Mukollo, said the government must educate people on how to prevent malnutrition.
Mukollo said, “This is simply about promoting Infant Young Child Feeding; IYCF is a preventive method of ending malnutrition instead of the curative method.
“It is cheaper, and easier for government, when we prevent our children from becoming malnourished. There will be no need to spend the huge sum of money buying Ready to Use Therapeutic Food,” Mukollo said.
The Chairman Maternal Neonatal Child Health in Gombe State, Alhassan Yahya, said it was unfortunate that Nigeria was one of the countries with high cases of malnutrition.
He described the malnutrition cases in Gombe State as alarming, adding that in the past, the state had witnessed an increase in the number of children that were suffering from Severe Acute Malnutrition.
Yahya said, “After a feasibility study by the United Nations International Children Emergency Fund, it was realised that malnutrition thrives in so many Local Government Areas of the state. UNICEF decided to launch a Community-based Management of Acute Malnutrition programme.
“As members of the media, we have roles to play in setting agenda for the government to invest more money on Infant Young Child Feeding.”