Gombe State Government has procured Ready to Use Therapeutic Food worth N50 million to treat malnutrition among children in the state.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that RUTF is a mineral and vitamins enriched food specifically for treating Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM).
Presenting the commodity to the Gombe State Primary Health Care Development Agency (GSPHCDA) on Monday in Gombe, Malam Mohammed Sale, the Nutrition Focal Person of the Budget Planning and Development Partner Coordination office said 2,063 cartons of the product were purchased.
Sale said the state government’s quest to see the poor indices in malnutrition in the state reduced significantly released the amount as a counterpart fund to UNICEF to procure the commodity.
Receiving the commodity, Dr. Abdulraham Shuaibu Executive Secretary GSPHCDA, commended Gov. Inuwa Yahaya for prioritizing the health sector.
Represented by Dr. Maryam Abubakar, the Director of Community and Family Health Care of the Agency, he gave the assurance that the product would serve the purpose it was meant for.
She also assured prompt delivery of the commodity to the affected local government areas.