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Food & Nutrition Support Program: Yahaya Memorial Hospital, Zaki’s Gems Support Foundation sign MOU

The managements of Sir Yahaya Memorial Hospital Birnin Kebbi and Zaki’s Gems Support Foundation have signed a Memorandum of Understanding and have commenced implementation of the 2020 Food and Nutrition Support Program Monday 20th January, 2020.

Signatories to the MOU, Amb. Nafisa Abubakar Zaki, Founder/President, Zaki’s Gems Support Foundation and Dr Aminu Haliru Bunza, Permanent Secretary, CMD Sir Yahaya Memorial Hospital Birnin Kebbi gave a joint statement yesterday in Birnin Kebbi.

The Executive Secretary of Kebbi State Primary Development Agency and the State Nutrition Officer have approved its implementation.

The beneficiaries of the 2020 Food and Nutrition Support Program include children on admission in the Paediatric Medical and Paediatric Surgical Wards of Sir Yahaya Memorial Hospital Birnin Kebbi.

According to Zaki, the program, a collaborative effort between Sir Yahaya Memorial Hospital Birnin Kebbi and Zaki’s Gems Support Foundation, will help in addressing malnutrition in children in Kebbi State.

“The Program is a full package that consists of a well balanced diet, water, fruits and Nutritional supplement called the ZAKI’S SMILE powder for all children. This will be given 3 times a week that is Monday, Wednesday and Friday.” She said.

Information made available to KebbiDailyNews has it that, the balanced diet to be given to children consists of (but not limited to): 

  1. White rice and stew with chicken, salad, fruits and water.
  2. Rice, beans, boiled egg, fruits and water.
  3. Jollof rice, chicken, moi-moi, vegetable and water.

Complementary:

  1. Fruits 
  2. Soya beans cake (Awara)
  3. Biscuits 

1 container of the Zaki’s Smile Powder will be given to each child on Monday. It contains the following ingredients:

  1. Soya beans 
  2. Groundnut 
  3. Sorghum 
  4. Millet

Zaki’s Gems Support Foundation will also provide nutritional counselling (including hygiene) for parents/guardians of the children while on admission and before discharge and will also be provided  with food items for the patients when discharged to encourage good health and feeding after leaving the hospital. (Please find attached pictures of the day 1 feeding session)

“This is just the beginning and we are ready to do more with support from philanthropists, government and other NGOs. With less than N1,000 you can feed a child. Imagine that feeling of saving a child from hunger. Am sure this will go along way in helping to address the nutritional problem we have in Kebbi  State. It will also encourage parents/guardians to bring their children to the hospital to seek for care hence reduce child morbidity and mortality.” Zaki said.

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