The United Nations Children Education Funds, UNICEF, has disclosed
that five out of every 10 children in Jigawa State are in a danger of
poor brain and internal organs development.
This was stated by Bhanu Pathak, Chief of Field Office, UNICEF
Nigeria, Bauchi Field Office, represented by the Nutritionist
Specialist, Bauchi field office, Philomena Irene, at the Advocacy and
Capacity Building Workshop for Jigawa State House of Assembly
Legislators held in Kano, Kano State.
She explained a recent SMART Survey conducted revealed that Jigawa is
still one of the States that has a stunting growth rate in the country
with -54% rate.
“In every 10 children in Jigawa state 5 of them are in a danger of
poor brain and internal organs development which are critical for the
future productivity of individuals and for the economic competitiveness
of the state,” she stated.
Irene pointed out that although the state is recording a tremendous
success in fighting the menace from 63.10 per cent to 54.10 per cent,
more needed to be done to address the problems.
She identified negligence and lack of care for the children during
childhood and adolescence as some of the reasons that complicates the
health and nutritional status of the individual.
“Investing in the early years is one of the smartest investments a
State can make to break the cycle of poverty, address inequality, and
boost productivity later in life,” she noted.
The UNICEF Nutrition Specialist urged the legislatures to track the
release and implementation of allocated budget for Health and Nutrition
in 2019 budget.