Kaduna Government trains health workers on tackling malnutrition

The Kaduna State Emergency Nutrition Action Plan (KADENAP) has commenced train-the-trainer programme to eradicate malnutrition in the state. Mrs. Ummi El-Rufa’i, wife to Governor Nasiru El-rufa’i of Kaduna State, disclosed this at the flag-off of the training programme  in Zaria.

The training is entitled: “Training on Community Management of Acute Malnutrition: Training of Trainers (TOT)”.

The governor’s wife, who was represented by Mr. Shehu Usman-Muhammad, a member of KADENAP, said the workshop is aimed at improving the quality of health workers’ service in the management of malnutrition.” It is specifically organized to train-the-trainers for them to train others in their various local governments and zones.

It provides an opportunity to bring participants together from all over the state and best 20 will be selected to become trainers in the management of malnutrition in primary and secondary facilities,” she said.

Mrs. Elrufa’i said the personnel were drawn from state and federal health agencies and training institutions.

She identified management of malnutrition as a critical element toward ensuring healthy future generation.

The governor’s wife said she was motivated to be part of the crusade following a UNICEF study which showed high rate of malnutrition in the state.

She however expressed her dissatisfaction on the report she saw. “The children are malnourished not because of lack of food but because of ignorance, culture, food preparation and management.

We took it upon ourselves to change the trend and to give a sense of hope to our future generation,” she said.

Mrs. Hauwwa Usman, Assistant State Nutrition Officer, Kaduna State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, said the workshop was meant to proffer solution to acute malnutrition, adding that by the end of the training they expect to get trainers who would train others on malnutrition in the Community Management Malnutrition centres at the various local government levels across the state. “We want to eradicate malnutrition in Kaduna State. To achieve that, we need to train our workers on how to go about the eradication process.It is through this kind of training that the health personnel will be trained for the benefit of others,” she stated.

Participants at the programme expressed appreciation for the training and pledged to impart the knowledge acquired on others to achieve the set goals.

About 69 health personnel were selected from the 23 local government areas of the state.