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Nutrition: Journalists urged to track budget allocation, utilization

Nutrition: Journalists urged to

By Auwal Ahmad, Gombe

The Executive Director of the International Society of Media in Public Health, Mrs Moji Makanjuola says it has become imperative for journalists to track nutrition budgets and its utilization.

Mrs Makanjoula stated this while speaking during a one-day training for journalists on budgeting planning and utilization, organized by the International Society of Media in Public Health, in collaboration with CISLAC, NHED and ABF in Gombe on Thursday.

Makanjuola noted that the budget allocation for nutrition has suffered at the Federal level as the budget for nutrition is at the zero levels.

“We know that in recent times, the budget allocation for nutrition has suffered particularly at the Federal level, where we understand that the whole budget has been taken off and is at the zero levels”

” Well, this is very sad, but then again, we as the ear, eye and voice of the vulnerable and especially children, we need to speak up to this and it is time that we know how, where, the process and the utilization of budget allocation are made, and why nutrition still suffers some blows” she stated.
According to her, the training is very important as it will enable journalists to understand better and dig deeper into knowing why we have continued as a people neglected the most vulnerable amongst us, Children, voiceless and the people we depend on as the future leader of the country.

She further said that the basic and necessary growth development and nutrition should be made available for the younger generation for a brighter future for them.


Also speaking Gombe State Nutrition officer, Mrs Ronas Amusa said the state government has approved the release of 25 million naira counterpart funding for the procurement of 1,159 cartoons) of Ready to use therapeutic food (RUTF) out of the 75 million earlier approved.

According to her, the treatment of SAM cases takes place at an outpatient therapeutic program (OTP) with ready to use therapeutic food (RUTF) at the designated health facilities for the CMAM programme.

Mrs Ronas explained further that the State Committee on Food and Nutrition (SCFN) and LGAs committee on food and Nutrition (LCFN) were functional adding that Gombe State has domesticated Food and Nutrition Policy/Costed operational plan.

She also stated that for them to enlighten people, a weekly radio discussion/ talk with GM (FM) and Amana Radio on adolescent nutrition to create awareness had been going on. We also discuss the benefits and importance of the right choices of foods, especially locally available foods and dangers of bad food choices during adolescent stage she added.

She also added that children of 12-59 months de-wormed twice a year while pregnant women are expected to consume a minimum of 90 iron-folic acid tablets

She said the challenge now is the non-scaling-up the CMAM programme and the Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) programme to the remaining 5 LGAs.

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