Malnutrition: NPHCDA To Engage Private Sector In Production Of RUTF
The National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) is to engage the Nigeria’s private sector in Local production of Ready to Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF).
The Executive Director, NPHCDA, Dr Faisal Shuaib made this known in a message to a one-day retreat organised by the Association of Nigeria Health Journalists (ANHEJ) in collaboration with the International Society of Media in Public Health (ISMPH) in Abuja.
The ED who was represented by the Director, Primary Health Care Systems Development, Dr Oladimeji Olayinka,said this was necessary to eliminate the cost of shipping and other expenses on the commodity.
“The local production of the commodity will also reduce the cost of the packet to about N1,500 from N6,000 its current price.”
“The agency is reaching its partners such as Dangote group and other international partners to ensure that the technology is available in Nigeria and obtain necessary permissions to commence production.”he added.
On her part, the Executive Director of ISMPH, Mrs Moji Makonjuola,called on the federal, states governments,partners and other relevant stakeholders to increase funding for nutrition activities.
“The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) estimated that no fewer than 2.5 million children below the age five years suffer from severe acute malnutrition in Nigeria annually.”
“It is a shame that Nigeria is having severe acute malnutrition now’ the private sector and scientists should ensure that the production of the ingredients needed for RUTF comprised quality materials.”
A Consultant with ISMPH ,Mr Edosa Oviawe during a presentation “Addressing the menace of #SAM in #Nigeria through BCHPF observed that preventing and treating cases of SAM requires deliberate efforts by political and health decision makers.
‘Key policy makers, politicians and public spirited private organizations must commit and take action towards prioritizing child health by investing in child nutrition.’
‘SAM advocacy was to ensure that the prevention and management of SAM is mainstreamed and funded via Government of Nigeria health systems.”
“To mobilize the media and public in support of investment in SAM prevention and treatment, and apply pressure on the Government of Nigeria to be accountable for its commitments and health needs of its citizens.”
The theme of the workshop is ‘Facilitating the inclusion of child nutrition as a major component in the Basic Health Care Provision Fund (BHCPF).”