The United Nations Children’s Fund has begun preparations to train health professionals on efficient service delivery to address acute malnutrition in Adamawa State.
The UNICEF representative for the country, Christian Munduate, according to The Punch, while briefing reporters after inspecting the Yelwa primary health facility in Yola, the state capital, on Monday.
The Adamawa Primary Healthcare Development Agency employees were the target audience for the online training exercise, according to the Munduate, who did not provide the participant count.
The plan, according to her, began in December 2022 to ensure the capacity of the healthcare professionals.
“When the innovation starts, we’ll watch to see how it progresses and what will be promoted going forward so that we may participate as well.
“Because it is crucial that we have an analytical approach and integrated services when discussing nutrition.
“The ability to live healthily is one of the first things to give a child,” she added. “For us, the child comes first.”
The country delegate said that children’s lives were in danger from starvation.
She asked Nigerian media outlets to support breastfeeding exclusively for the first six months and to promote proper nutrition.
The UNICEF representative continued by saying that mothers only needed to consume a healthy diet and drink water in order to produce enough milk for breastfeeding.