Written by Williams ABAH

Civil society group laments severe malnutrition in North East

A civil society group has lamented the high rate of malnutrition in the North- Eastern part of the country, describing the situation as pathetic.

Spokesman for the group, Mr. Alhassan Yahya, stated this in Abuja during a press briefing organised by the International Society of Media and Public Health in partnership with the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre, CISLAC.

He explained that the National Nutrition and Health Survey 2018, indicated that Nigeria has 2.6 million cases of severe acute malnutrition with North-East carrying the highest burden of 60 per cent of the cases.

Earlier in his opening remark, chairman, Gombe State House of Assembly Committee on Appropriation, Mr Ali Manu, said Governor Inuwa Yahaya has prioritised health care service delivery in the state, adding that the Assembly had keyed into the priority area of the state government's health care programmes.

“As the chairman, House Committee on Appropriation, I will ensure that funds allocated for nutrition will be adequately increased,” he assured.

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