As part of effort to improve the standard of living of children in Nasarawa State, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), on Wednesday commenced the training of 32 health workers in the state on ‘Community Infant and Young Child Feeding Counseling package’.
Addressing participants at the commencement of the training, in Akwanga, Dr Zakari Adam, the Chief of Field Office, UNICEF Kaduna, said the training is aimed at equipping nutritional health personnel with skills for effective healthcare service delivery in the state.
Adam noted that the training was also aimed at improving on the lives of infant and young children for the overall development of the country.
According to him, “our aim in Nigerian is to achieve positive results,especially for women and children, through access to health facilities, access to good nutrition and access to education,” he said.
Adam said, UNICEF was committed towards addressing the challenges facing women and children in Nigeria in order to improve on their health status.
“UNICEF is supporting the programme in terms of fund and also in term of technical aspect. We are supporting the government of Nigeria in all relevant areas that will help in growing and developing children.
“We have cases where children are malnourished, in such case we provide them with nutritional food free of charge.
“This training will equip participants with skills that will enable them achieve positive result in places of their primary assignment towards tackling the plight of women and children,”he said.
He assured of the organisation continued support to government in different areas of health, education among others.
The Chief restated the commitment of the organisation to continue to train and retrain government personnel and other volunteers of its programmes in order to improve on the status of the children.
Also speakings,Mr Taru Murindi and Chinwe Ezeife,WASH and UNICEF specialists also urged health workers to be up and doing in order to improve on the standard of living of children.
They urged the participants to pay adequate attention to the training in their interest and in the interest of the health sector.
On his part, Mr Samuel Meshi, the Executive Chairman,Akwanga Local Government Area of the state commended UNICEF for sponsoring the training and called for its sustenance.
The chairman appealed to UNICEF to provide motorcycles and other logistics to some health workers in the area to enable them move from communities to communities for effective health care service delivery.
The six-days training was sponsored by UNICEF, in collaboration with Nasarawa State Primary Health Care Development Agency in which participants were selected from the Agency.