By Abubakar Rabilu, Gombe

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Gov. Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe State

Gombe is among twelve other states to benefit from a 3.4 billion naira World Bank loan intervention to address the problem of malnutrition and stunting for the next five years.

Dr Kamil Shoretire, the National Projects Manager of Accelerated Nutrition Results in Nigeria (ANRIN), started this while briefing newsmen in Gombe during the orientation meeting of stakeholders of the programme in Gombe.

He said Gombe was among the benefiting States for the project because of the high level of malnutrition and stunting in the states.

Dr Kamil also said that the target of the Anrin projects is pregnant women and lactating Mothers in twelve’s state selected.

He said the money came through the support of Primary health care development agency that makes sure this intervention will meet the needs of the children.

According to him, all new born babies should be exclusively breast fed except when there is medical indication that will prevent it. “The results are so glaring, exclusively breast fed baby will have well developed brain in school and in many things”, Dr. Kamil stressed.

He then advised to all pregnant women to use iron and folic acid during pregnancy so as to help the baby as well as those having anemia to remain strong.

The total amount of the loan which the twelve states are to benefit from is $232m which Gombe is part of.

 The other states include Abia, Akwa-Ibom, Nasarawa, Kwara, Kaduna, Katsina, Kano, Kogi, Niger, Oyo, and plateau states.

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