Malnutrition: UNICEF Trains 120 Health Workers

By Chioma Umeha

Jigawa –  The United Nations Children’s Fund on Tuesday said 120 officers in Jigawa State were undergoing training on modern communication skills and data collection on malnutrition.
The Nutrition Specialist, UNICEF field office, Bauchi, Philomena Irene, said this at the kick-off of the five-day training in Dutse.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria the training, which began on Sept. 5, would end on Sept. 10.
Irene said the exercise was designed to expose the participants to modern communication skills and data collection methods on malnutrition and infant and young child feeding practice.
She said the beneficiaries would be exposed to the use of software that would help them collect data on Severe Acute Malnutrition Issues in the state.
“This is the software that helps health workers working on nutritional issue to collect data on severe acute malnutrition and infant and young child feeding practice as soon as they finish providing services.
“This software, will through an SMS, enable them to enter data on how many children they’ve reached, how many are on admission, how many are discharged and how many are referred to stabilisation centres.”


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