The Focal Person for civil society at the Legislative Advocacy Centre, Mrs Lovelyn Gabriel, has said that about 31,500 babies are affected by malnutrition in Gombe state.
Speaking during an interactive session with Gombe State House of Assembly speaker, Sadiq Kurba and members of the House Committee on appropriation, health, finance and committee members, Gabriel said the prevalence of severe acute malnutrition was real and affecting the productivity of children in the state, stressing that the state was among the 11 northern states faced with the issues of malnutrition.
“We will collaborate with the House of Assembly and provide technical support through the malnutrition advocacy kits. We urged the assembly to review the Child’s Right Act” she said.
The Chairman, Gombe State House of Assembly committee on appropriation, Hon. Ali Manu, assured the organisation of its partnership.
“Our committee will partner with CISLAC to end the scourge of malnutrition in the state. The present administration is also committed to addressing the problem,” he said.
Also, in his speech, Kurba said, “The state assembly is proposing a bill on health and hospital management board which will help address health issues in the state.”