Lamentations have continued to trail the non-availability of Ready to Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF) that is being used for the treatment of Severe Acute Malnutrition associated with under five children in Bauchi State.
This concern was expressed by a Bauchi based civil society organization, Aid Connect for Development shortly after visiting the Community Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) site in Lubai community of Dambam LGA of Bauchi State.
Speaking to our correspondent on the outcome of the assessment visit , representative of the Executive Director of the NGO in Bauchi, Mrs. Abigail Hardo described the situation at the CMAM sites as sympathetic.
“The non availability of RUTF in Bauchi State could escalate the already high mortality rate of children in the state. Because Severe Acute Malnutrition is another silent child killer disease that is quitely taking the lives of under five children if not treated on time.
“Over time, RUTF is proven to be the most effective way for the treatment of severe malnutrition in children. When administered consistently, a malnourished child regains health in less than five weeks. So, you can imagine the anguish the non availability of the RUTF could cause to parents of the afflicted children.
While appealing to Bauchi State Government to rise to the occasion by doing everything possible to ensure regular supply of the RUTF to all the CMAM centres across the state, Mrs. Hardo advised the parents to devise some ways of preparing local food like beans, groundnuts, moringa and soybeans as an alternative before regular supply of RUTF resumes.
Our correspondent reports that, last year the state had witnessed the non availability of the RUTF for about Six months, a situation that led to the death of over seventy children, particularly in rural communities.