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JIGAWA SPHCDA CONDUCTS MUAC SCREENING IN 27 LGAs
- JIGAWA SPHCDA CONDUCTS MUAC SCREENING IN 27 LGAs
The Jigawa State Primary Health Care Development Agency (JSPHCDA) in partnership with Saving One Million Lives initiative conducted Mid Upper Arm Circumference (MUAC) screening across 27 Local Government Areas (LGA) in the state to identify malnourished children in the state. Of the 124,845 children who were screened in 2020, 928 children presented with Severe Acute Malnutrition and with MUAC less than 11.0cm on the red indicator. Kirikasamma LGA had the highest number of malnourished children followed by Gwaram LGA in the state. 92,618 children presented MUAC of between 12.5cm and 13.5cm with the yellow indicator, a signal that the child is at risk for acute malnutrition and should be counselled and followed-up for Growth Promotion and Monitoring. The 31,299 others, showed MUAC over 13.5cm, an indication that they are well nourished.
The Executive Secretary of the SPHCDA Dr. Kabiru Ibrahim while chairing the State’s Technical Committee on Food and Nutrition meeting recently said the establishment of three additional Outpatient Therapeutic Program Centers in Ringim LGA at Sankara, Dutse LGA at Chamo and Kafin-Hausa at Sarawa will go-along way in the management of the SAM cases in the state.
The committee at the end of the meeting recommended that:
CSOs and media design a work plan on the implementation of Masaki project.
procurement of RUTF with existing Masaki Fund generated be intensified henceforth.
legislatures and LGA Chairmen platform be created for the implementation of the Masaki project.
health workers be trained before commencement of the Masaki project.