by Christiana Gokyo, Jos
The Plateau State Commissioner of Health, Dr Nimkong Lar, says children under the age of five years will henceforth have access to nutrition-related treatment in health centres in the state.
Mr. Lar stated this when he led officials of the Ministry and the Executive Secretary Primary Health Care Board, Dr Livinus Miapkwap, as well as development partners, on a courtesy visit to the Executive Chairman of Jos North Local Government Council, Shehu Bala Usman, in his office in Jos.
“This is preparatory for the flag off of ‘Basic Package of Nutrition Services’ in the area,” he said, and appealed to the LGC chairman to sensitize inhabitants of the area to avail their children under the ages of zero to five years and pregnant women to receive nutritional services.
Dr Lar noted that, steps taken so far are geared towards addressing malnutrition by increasing the utilization of high-quality and cost-effective nutrition interventions among pregnant and lactating women, adolescent girls and children under the age of five years.
He told the LGC chairman that the programme is in two components, with the first “basic package of nutrition services” as well as the “stewardship and project management.”
The Commissioner commended Shehu Bala Usman for the concern of his administration towards the health needs of the people.
The Executive Chairman, Shehu Bala Usman, on is part appreciated the Commissioner and his team for the choice of the Local Government to commence the flag-off in the state.
Usman assured the Commissioner and his team that his administration would involve all necessary stakeholders to ensure that citizens of the area within the age of five years and pregnant women receive nutritional services, so as to, according to him, “ensure Jos North becomes a “Malnutrition-free Local Government.”
The LGC Chairman commended the State Governor, Simon Lalong, for paying the Counterpart Fund in full to ensure children and women are vaccinated.