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Mothers raise alarm over scarcity of RUTF for acute malnutrition

Mothers of children who suffer from severe Acute Malnutrition say there is scarcity of Ready to Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF).

RUTF is a vitamin and mineral fortified peanut paste, mixed with dry milk products, heralded by Doctors Without Borders as a miracle cure for children suffering from Severe Acute Malnutrition.

Suwaiba Danjuma, mother of one year old malnourished boy told Journalists Against Malnutrition, and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), who visited the Centre for the Management of Severe Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) in Kirfi Local government area, that RUTF was not available at the facility.

Zainabu Muhammdu said her two year old daughter was diagnosed with severe acute malnutrition and she’s expected to use the therapeutic food, “but it’s unfortunately unavailable”.

Zuwaira Usman and Talatu Hamza’s children, who were severely malnourished, were resuscitated with the RUTF remedy.

Officer-in-charge of Nutrition and Routine Immunization, PHCC Kirfi, Ado Muhammad Manga said the centre has not been supplied RUTF for one month, which is he said may make recovery from malnutrition slow.

He said the facility was still expecting the Focal Person in the council to supply the RUTF.

State Deputy Nutrition Officer, Abubakar Saleh said 2500 cartons of RUTF have been approved for distribution to 21 CMAM centres in 9 LGAs.

Some local government health authorities failed to transport their consignment, he lamented.

Murtala Muhammad

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