By Muhammad Nasir
Gov. Ahmed Aliyu of Sokoto State has reaffirmed his administration’s commitment to reverse the negative trend in the state’s malnutrition data.
Represented by his Deputy, Alhaji Idris Gobir, Aliyu gave the assurance at the NOMA Day celebration in Sokoto on Saturday.
The governor revealed that a substantial percentage of the state’s 2024 health budget has been allocated to address the obnoxious trend.
“Upon assumption of office, the present administration found alarming malnutrition statistics in Sokoto State, positioning it among the states with severe cases in the country.
” Therefore, I want to assure the public that intensive efforts are underway to transform this situation,” he said
The governor expressed confidence that the next released data would reflect positive changes in the state.
Aliyu commended the Sultan of Sokoto and healthcare staff across the state for their continuous support in addressing NOMA disease and malnutrition.
The governor, who emphasised the government’s commitment, pledged to implement necessary measures to combat malnutrition, particularly among children.
Aliyu extended appreciation to Medecins Sans Frontieres and other development partners for their unwavering support to the state in this crucial initiative.
John Canty, the Project Manager of Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), identified a high rate of malnutrition as a significant factor contributing to NOMA infections in the society.
Canty explained that NOMA was an infectious disease caused by malnutrition and poor oral hygiene, emphasising its non-contagious nature.
He highlighted the urgency of timely intervention, adding that patients can succumb within a few weeks if not attended to.
The project manager said that specialised care for NOMA was currently available in designated hospitals across Nigeria.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the day’s event was organised by NOMA Hospital Sokoto, in collaboration with MSF in the state. (NAN) (www.nannews.ng)
Edited by Bashir Rabe Mani