There are cases of malnutrition in Nigeria, with Northern Nigeria being the most affected, UNICEF Nigeria Country Representative, Mr. Ibrahima Fall, said on Tuesday in Lafia, Nasarawa State.
He told a meeting of stakeholders from 10 states receiving support from UNICEF D-Field Office in Bauchi, that part of what he called “nutrition story of Nigeria” is “very high indices of malnutrition such as stunting (low height for age), wasting (too thin for age,” and “underweight.”
He named the states affected by the Sahelian nutrition crisis as Kano, Jigawa, Yobe, Borno, Sokoto, Katsina and Zamfara.
The one day event which was declared open by Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura, had Secretaries to the State Governments of the 10 states, commissioners, as well as Ms. Edele Thebaud, Chief of Field Office, and Samuel Kaalu, Communication Officer, UNICEF D-Field Office in attendance.
The states with stakes at the UNICEF D-Field Office are Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Jigawa, Kano, Nasarawa, Plateau, Taraba and Yobe.
In his remarks, Governor Al-Makura called on governments at all levels to save the people from imminent hunger as a result of the drought that has affected some states in the country.
He said the only way to tackle the hunger that is threatening over one million children in the Sahel region is for Nigeria to utilize the vast agricultural potentials that are available to it.