The Project Manager of CS-SUNN National, Okonkwo Sunday stated that one of the critical challenges that drive malnutrition is lack of funding which the pre-budget review meeting seeks to address.
“The truth is that allocations are made but they are not released as at when due and even when little resources are released, sometimes, they are not usually used for what they are supposed to be used for, we are here to look at some of the challenges, proffer solutions, and push that whatever decisions are made should be implemented.”
He said that the objective of the meeting is to resolve on the best way to move forward and eradicate malnutrition in the state totally.
“We all known that 2020 is an awesome, strong and challenging year, but the truth is this, things stopped but malnutrition did not stop.
“This period escalated the problem, more children were denied the resources of the food they eat, the quality meal, so we had more challenges, even in a crisis situation, the government should not stop giving solutions because the challenge will keep up increasing every moment.”
The Niger State Nutrition Officer, Hajiya Asmau Mohammed noted that for the fight against malnutrition to have much success, close cooperation and support is essential between community leaders, volunteers, health facility staff, and caregivers.
She then expressed dismay that the state should not have any problem in combating malnutrition especially as it is the food basket of the nation and has all classes of food available.