Urgent Humanitarian Response Needed On Malnourished Children In Borno – MSF

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Médecins Sans Frontières has been witnessing an unprecedented influx of malnourished children to the nutrition centre in Maiduguri, suggesting an alarming nutritional crisis in Borno state.

The MSF head of mission in Nigeria Shaukat Muttaqi said that “It is critical that action is taken now, in advance of the seasonal malnutrition peak, to avoid an even worse situation.

He also added that this year, they have admitted 2,140 malnourished children for hospital care in the inpatient therapeutic feeding centre and about 50 per cent more than from the same period last year.

Muttuqi said that their teams extended the existing ITFC capacity from 120 beds to 200 beds. Even with that emergency measure in place, for some days in June there were not enough beds for all the malnourished children being admitted.

He said that they urgently need an increase in hospital capacity for treatment of severely malnourished children, but that must also be met in parallel with a major scale up of interventions at the community level to get ahead of a potential worst-case scenario.

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