Malnutrition cases remain dire in Aweil East

By Opio Jackson

Aweil East state minister of health said malnutrition cases is leading in Northern Bahr El-Ghazal and particularly Aweil East sate, saying shortage of food is the cause of the persistent malnutrition in the area.

In an exclusive interview to the Juba Monitor, Aweil East state minister of health Dr. Chan Akol confirmed that the rate of malnutrition among children in Aweil, Lol and Aweil East states is very high.

Despite the launch of a joint nutrition approach plan by the United Nations Children Agency (UNICEF) and World Food Pragamme (WFP) two years ago, the rate of severely malnourished children still remains dire in the former Northern Bahr El-Ghazal state.

However, Dr. Akol said currently there are thirty-seven health personnel who are undergoing a five day training in acute management of malnutrition. “After the training they will go back to their respective health facilities to create awareness about malnutrition among the local population.”

According to Dr Akol, the training is being supported by the UNICEF and WFP with intention to address the persistent cases of malnutrition in the former Northern Bahr El-Ghazal state and particularly Aweil East state.


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