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Kaduna inaugurates data collection on malnutrition, vows to tackle menace

By Aishat Salihu

Governor Nasir El-Rufai-led administration in Kaduna State has deployed new technology to facilitate data collection on rising cases of malnutrition to enable it to tackle the challenge effectively.

Hamza-Ibrahim Ikara, Deputy Director, State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, said the equipment was deployed as part of a strategic initiative to get accurate data on malnutrition.

Although, the mobile District Health Information System which was reportedly provided with support from Alive and Thrive, an NGO, would be deployed to 270 rural health facilities.

Ikara said the goal was to build an electronic database through efficient tracking of malnutrition cases in the state.

”There is no way we can improve our health services without accurate data and with these mobile phones we will improve and use the device for what it is meant for,” he said.

The deputy director added that, with the mobile DHIS, the state hopes to achieve its objectives targeted at improving health care services.

”This is a modern way that we can use to track all nutritional aspects and handle the situation effectively,” he said.

According to the official, the mobile facility targets primary health centres in some selected local government areas in the state.

Ikara, however, commended the NGO for the initiative saying it would help the government address malnutrition in the state.

Also, the State Team leads of Alive and Thrive, Sarah Kwasu said the NGO was working in 16 Local Government Areas in the state and will be rounding off by 2020.

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