By Chuwang Dungs, Lafia
The executive chairman of Nasarawa state Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr. Mohammed Usman Adis, has denied reports spreading in public that 20 children has died due to accute malnutrition in the state.
Dr. Adis said Thursday in Lafia, while briefing the press that “contrary to report that 20 children were killed as a result of non-availability and administration of expired RF95 or RF100, we wish to clarify that the supplements supplied by UNICEF were F75 and F100 and from our records, no death was recorded in any of the General Hospitals in Akwanga, Keffi and DASH as a result of the non-availability or administration of expired supplements.” He said
He said the agency has record of distributing the supplements to the various centers and those expired supplements are mopped up for destruction using existing set out policy on ground.
He further explained that the report that malnourished children were rejected in various General hospitals across the state as a result of non-availability of the supplements is not true.
Dr. Adis then disclosed that contrary to the claim that the agency has not bought new food supplements as a result of nonpayment of counterpart fund to UNICEF, the state government has completed the payment of the 2018 counter funds to UNICEF and 800 cartons of Ready to Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF) supplements were supplied in December 2018 and is to expire in March 2020.
While assuring members of the public of the agency commitment in providing quality health care delivery for the people of the state based on their mandate, he appealed to Journalists to give him all the needed support in other to succeed.