The Enugu State government in partnership with United Nations Children Education Fund has established three centres for the management of Acute Malnutrition in the state.
The state nutrition officer, Dr Henrietta Ugwu, said the establishment of the centres was part of the attempts to challenge the rising cases of acute malnutrition among children in the state.
Ugwu said this on Wednesday at a one day media engagement workshop organized by Civil Society Scaling-up Nutrition in Enugu.
She revealed that acute malnutrition was a major challenge in the state.
Ugwu also disclosed that with the help of UNICEF and the Federal Ministry of Health, the state was able to inaugurate the CMAM centres which are located in Obollo-Afor, Abakpa Nike and Oji River.
She said, “Children are still very much malnourished in Enugu State. Children still go to bed hungry and we have malnourished children scattered all over the local governments in the state. There is no local government that does not have malnourished children.
“Currently in Enugu State, with the assistance of the Federal Ministry of Health and UNICEF, by March this year, we were able to establish three centres where malnourished children are taken care of.
“And since these three centres were established, we have been recording numbers of malnourished children even with the intensive routine immunization that we have carried. We just came out of the second round of modified integrated medical outreach.”