Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) also known as Doctors Without Borders, has screened 6,667 children for malnutrition in Ganjuwa local government area of Bauchi State.
At the end of the screening exercise, 14.8 percent of the screened children were found to be suffering from acute and severe malnutrition.
The MSF said Ganjuwa has the worst cases of malnutrition in Bauchi, a development that if not urgently tackled, posed a serious threat to the general wellbeing of children in the area.
Francis Dorbor, Bauchi MSF Project Coordinator, said a 55-bed capacity therapeutic treatment center will be erected in Ganjuwa for the treatment of malnutrition in the area.
He said the center will be majorly used for inpatient therapeutic feeding to manage identified malnourished children in the area.
“A total of 6,667 children were screened for malnutrition by the MSF teams. Of these, 14.8 percent were malnourished and in need of medical care indicating a high need for nutritional services in the area.
“A limited access to primary healthcare services especially nutritional care for children is a major health concern in Bauchi. We are pleased to extend our support to the health authorities to begin the nutritional services that are one of the key needs in the area pointed out by our screening results.
“We are also aware that the peak of the hunger period is arriving, and the situation may get worse.
“We are also working on starting pediatric services for children under 15 years, especially the treatment of malaria, cholera, and other seasonal diseases,” the Project Coordinator said.