The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) says Sharp increase in food prices caused by COVID-19 raises fear of hunger in the North-East, and has seen an increase in malnutrition rates among children in nutrition centers it supports.
In a statement, the ICRC explains that the number of children treated by the outpatient nutrition program grew by 20%, while the number of severe malnutrition cases rose by 10%, compared to the same period last year.
It states that the rise in the number of patients was registered despite the ICRC putting on hold its community outreach program due to the pandemic.
ICRC’s nutritionist Thomas Ndambu says the committee is deeply concerned by the trend, especially in Maiduguri.
The Economic security programs coordinator for the ICRC Ruth Mwakiuna Muriungi says everywhere they work, the food prices have gone up, in some places they doubled.