By Asma’u Ahmad
The Kaduna State Emergency Nutrition Action Plan (KADENAP) has commenced train-the-trainer programme to eradicate malnutrition in the state.
Wife of Governor Nasiru Ahmad El-rufa’i, Hajiya Ummi El-Rufa’i, disclosed this at the flag-off of the training programme for some selected health personnel in Zaria Local Government Area of the state.
Newsmen report that the training entitled: “Training on Community Management of Acute Malnutrition: Training of Trainers (TOT),” aimed at improving the quality of health workers’ service in the management of malnutrition, representative of the governor’s wife, who is also a member of the KADENAP, Alhaji Shehu Usman-Muhammad said.
“It is specifically organised 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.
The governor’s wife 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. Hajiya Ummi said she was motivated to be part of the crusade following a UNICEF study which showed high rate of malnutrition in the state.
“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 added.
Assistant State Nutrition Officer, Kaduna State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Hajiya Hauwa Usman said the workshop was meant to proffer solution to acute malnutrition.
She said at the end of the training they want to get trainers who would train others on malnutrition at Community Management Adequate Malnutrition centres at 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 said.
A cross section of participants interviewed expressed appreciation for the training and pledged to impart the knowledge acquired on others to achieve the set goal. Reports shows about 69 health personnel were selected from the 23 local government areas of the state.