Kaduna State launches 5 years Strategic Plan of Action for Food and Nutrition
By: Femi Mustapha
Kaduna State Goverment has launched a five-year Multi-Sectoral Strategic Plan of action for Food and Nutrition, (KDMSPAN) to address issues of malnutrition in the state.
Launching the programme on the 24th June 2021 in kaduna North West Nigeria, the state Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufa’i said KDMSPAN is sets out modest, realistic and achievable goals and objectives, which will be the driving force behold all the actions and activities of Nutrition in the state.
El-Rufa’i, who was represented by the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Amina Baloni, explained that malnutrition is the impairment of health due to inadequate or imbalance of one or more nutrients.
He added that malnutrition has multifaceted causes and requires solutions that are multi disciplinary and multi-sectoral, cutting across various sectors including health, agriculture, education, science and technou, commerce and industry, information and communication and social development.
“Kaduna State Government has in place a number of policies and strategies geared towards eradicating malnutrition especially among children and women of child bearing age,” he said
Speaking earlier, Commissioner for Planning and Budget Commission, Mr. Thomas Gyang said KDMSPAN was developed in 2019 with support from UNICEF, Save the Children International (SCI), Alive and Thrive, Civil Society-Scaling Up Nutrition in Nigeria (CS-SUNN), the media, and other stakeholders.
He explained that the multisectoral PLAN was designed to strengthen the fight against malnutrition in the state.
According to him, winning the war against malnutrition requires a strong collaboration with development partners, the academia, media, private sector, and all relevant stakeholders.
“This development marked another milestone in our journey towards curbing the scourge of malnutrition and saving our children from preventable death.
“The plan is a strong foundation for a multisectoral approach to address the scourge and improve food and nutrition in the state.
“It will serve as a guide for the identification, design and implementation of interventions across the various sectors to ensure adequate nutrition and health of Kaduna residents,” he said.
Reacting, the Country Director of
Save The Children International SCI Ms. Mercy Chichuhi said that the Four year plan would significantly improve the nutritional status of the state’s population.
Chichuhi who was represented by Advocacy and Communication Coordinator , Farouk Abdulkadir
said SCI being the world’s leading organization for Children has played significant role in activities leading to the development of the policy.
In his own remarks Project Manager of Civil Society Scaling Up Nutrition in Nigeria (CS-SUNN); Okoronkwo Sunday,described the development as “crucial” in winning the fight against malnutrition in the state, saying the plan will enable the state government and its development partners to make informed decisions on nutrition programme planning, budgeting, resource mobilisation and allocation,
He ommended Kaduna State Government for releasing N500million for the purchase
of Ready-To-Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF) for the treatment of malnourished children in the state in 2021.
He however said much is still expected of all stakeholders to ensure that Malnutrition is reduced to the barest minimum.