Kano Govt, UNICEF to Purchase 24,000 Cartons of Food Supplement to Tackle Malnutrition

By Alex Uangbaoje, Kano

As part of efforts to eradicate malnutrition in Kano State, the state government and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), that will enable them purchase 24,000 cartons of Ready to Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF), supplement.

The MoU is also aimed to support the Community Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) Programme in the state.

The document was signed by the state Commissioner of Health, Dr Kabiru Getso on behalf of the state government while the UNICEF Country Representative, Mohamed Malick-Fall signed on behalf of UNICEF.

Speaking at the occasion, the UNICEF Representative said under the agreement, UNICEF will procure 16,000 cartons of RUTF from state resources for treatment of children suffering from severe acute malnutrition in the state.

“In addition, UNICEF will match that by 50 per cent (8,000 cartons) using UNICEF funds, bringing the total quantity of RUTF to 24,000 cartons.

“If the state government makes full payment of 300,000 million before the end of December, then UNICEF can guaranty 100% matching for the funds, “he said.

He added that under the agreement, the Fund will provide free shipment and transportation of the RUTF to the state government in Kano.

Malick-Fall said with the RUTF match-funds arrangement, no fewer than 27,907 severe acute malnourished children will be treated in the state.

In addition, he said UNICEF will provide technical support to the government to target, identify, treat and follow-up children with severe acute malnutrition during the treatment period, under the arrangement.

“UNICEF shall be responsible for administering the contribution to support to the activities as outlined and in accordance with the provisions of this agreement.

“The Government shall be responsible for coordinating with UNICEF as necessary to implement the activities effectively, “he said. .

According to him, the Kano state government was expected to transfer to UNICEF its contribution as outlined which will represent the amount of funds to be managed by UNICEF, inclusive of five per cent programme support costs.

He assured that the Fund would take all necessary steps to ensure that all the contribution are used for the sole purpose of fulfilling the activities to ensure its success.

In his remarks, the State Deputy governor, Dr Nasiru Gawuna assured that the state government would ensure prompt release of funds for the implementation of the programme.

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