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CSOs , Media Raises Concern over Nutrition Budget in Bauchi

CSOs , Media Raises Concern over Nutrition Budget in Bauchi

Bashir Hassan

Concerned by a possible downward review in Bauchi State 2020 budget, a coalition of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and the Media, funded by International Society of Media in Public Health (ISMPH) and Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Center (CISLAC), have appeal to the state government not to tamper with allocated funds appropriated for Malnutrition.

The appeal was made by the Team Lead of the Coalition Miss Comfort Attah today during an advocacy visit to the office of the Executive Chairman of the Bauchi State Primary Health Care Development Agency (BSPHCDA) Dr. Rilwanu Mohammed.

Attah said the coalition are strongly advocating for maintaining the statusquo on appropriated funds captured in 2020 Budget for Malnutrition management in the state because of its importance in managing Severe Acute Malnutrition in the state (SAM).

“As you maybe aware, there are over 6000 cases on admission, out of which 3,421 cases were recorded as new cases of SAM.

“The fear is, if the funds earlier appropriated for managing such cases of SAM is reduced, there is every likelihood it will affect the management of Severe Acute Malnutrition in the State. Even the Ready to Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF) that is being use in treating the scourge is finishing by July.

Attah also reiterate the commitment of the coalition to partner with the Agency in its efforts towards mitigating the scourge of Severe Acute Malnutrition in the State.

Another speaker, Ms. Abigail Hardo also drew the attention of the state government on the need to sustain uninterrupted supply of RUTF at the health facilities. through timely releases of funds appropriated.

Also, a media personality in the team, Elizabeth Kah said the Coalition is ready to partner with the Agency in carrying out some of their advocacy issues to the appropriate quarters for effective implementation of programs and activities targeted towards managing Malnutrition in the State.

Responding on the concern raised by the CSOs, the Executive Chairman of the Agency, Dr. Rilwanu Mohammed reiterated the resolve of the Agency in seeing to it that, no kobo is reduce from the earlier appropriated funds allocated in the management of Malnutrition.

Dr. Mohammed also pledged to partner with the CSOs with the aim of checkmating the escalation of Severe Acute Malnutrition and other child killer diseases in the State.

While thanking the CSOs and the Media for bringing to his attention the current status of RUTF at the health facilities, he informed the visitors that the Agency will do the needful to see that there is no interruption in the supply of RUTF.

“I assure you that the Agency will do everything humanly possible to see that nothing is tampered with in the appropriated funds meant for Malnutrition in the revised budget.

“I also want to thank you for informing us on the impending break in the supply of RUTF. I will inform the Governor today itself, if the opportunity avail itself.

Recall that N39 Billion was slashed from the 2020 Bauchi State budget of N167 Billion, due to the economic downturn resulting from the Global Covid 19 Pandemic.

Our correspondent reports that the advocacy was funded by International Society of Media in Public Health (ISMPH) and Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Center (CISLAC).

CSOs , Media Raises Concern over Nutrition Budget in Bauchi

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