By our Taraba correspondent
No fewer than 34.419 children in Taraba state are said to be currently at the risk of giving up the ghost following the high rates of Severe Acute Malnutrition cases in the state.
The leadership of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) who made the revelation in Having, during a courtesy call to the state governor, Darius Dickson Ishaku , charged the authority to step up actions to avert the situation.
The UNICEF Chief of Field Office , Bauchi, Mr. Bhanu Pathak, UNICEF also disclosed that the international organization has in the past four years supported the state government with over N1.3 billion for intervention in the state’s health sector.
Perturbed that no “health facilities is providing treatment ” the affected children, security him “will be at the risk of dying if the government does not intervane appropriately and timely” stating that “there is no time than now. ”
Observing that “in Taraba state, Boko Haram, political and herders and farmers crisis have pushed communities to dangerous levels of food insecurity which has resulted in mass population displacement and increased prevalence of acute malnutrition and morality ” he felt disturbed that “many children who might have survived malnutrition in early life are condemned to permanent physical and intellectual disabilities in later life, thus , productive of the future leaders of the state will be adversely affected. ”
Stressing that UNICEF partnered with the state government through funding provided by the government of Canada through UNICEF to reach women and children in the Hard-To-Reach settlements. said during the four years, which according to him rounded up on Dec 2018, the organization, “reached out to over two million women and children
Reiterating the determinations of the organization to continue to collaborate with the state government in the areas of health, education, nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene as well as child protection , the need for the state government to redouble it efforts in the prompt payment of it counter part fund, he believed have become necessary.
Observing that the collaboration of the UNICEF in the aforementioned sectors has “recorded great achievements” he tenaciously held that “but we still must do a lot if we must achieve-as we should aim to do-our goal of ensuring the realisation of the rights of children in Taraba state. ”
While commending the state government for having put in place the Child Right Law, which according to him provides a legal framework for the protection of child rights in the state required the state government action on Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, .
Observing inadequate funding and release of state counterpart funding, poor infrastructure and facilities in schools couple with week monitoring system, security threats in some parts of the state which he said hinders implementation of activities unite as made known by him, would continue to tread all legitimate paths to spread smiles on the faces of both women and children in the state.
The governor who went down the Memory lane to enumerates his achievements in health, water and education sectors, reiterated his determination and commitment to United and other partners willing to bring succor to women and children in the state.