Kano Lawmakers Move to Curb Malnutrition

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Kano, Lawmakers, Curb Malnutrition

Kano State House of Assembly has flagged off the process to rigorously confront the threat of hunger and malnutrition in neighborhoods across the state.
The speaker of the House, Rt Hon Abdulaziz Garba Gafasa on Thursday noted that malnutrition constitutes a challenge that should be squarely and urgently addressed, adding that the role of nutrition in the development of the state cannot be overemphasised.
The speaker in his keynote address, which was delivered by the majority leader of the House, Hon Kabiru Hassan Dashi, during a two days meeting with the theme “Improving Nutrition Investment in the 2021 State Annual Budget”, organized by Civil Society Scale Up Nutrition in Nigeria,(CS-SUN) held at Sleeprite hotel, Zaria, said “much needed to be done in our health system, especially in the area of addressing the issues of hunger and malnutrition in our neighborhoods.
“The state House of Assembly will relentlessly do more towards improving budgetary allocations on nutrition, as well as timely release of funds, we had the opportunity in the period under review to have budgeted over N4.5 billion through massive investment in scaling up impact and cost effective nutrition interventions to reduce multiple burden of malnutrition in the state.”
He reassured that the state legislators would embark on rigorous oversight functions, adding that the lawmakers will collaborate with various nutrition partners to ensure they curb the threat pose by malnutrition.
In his welcome address, permanent secretary, Kano state ministry of planning/budget and chairman, Kano state nutrition committee, Balarabe Hassan Karaye noted that the meeting was aimed at creating a common understanding on the importance of investing on nutrition in the state.
According to him, Kano state is in urgent need to scale up nutrition to tackle the pervasive problem of malnutrition, adding that the immediate initiation of the process of adequate investment on nutrition to forestall the danger confronting children who are under five years of age is germane.
He said there was the need to “catalyze progress toward the global nutrition target is priorty that should be given to a set of the most cost effective nutrition interventions in the 2021 annual budget to yield significant results.”

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