By Peter Duru
MAKURDI â€”Â No fewer than 7.9 million Nigerian children between the ages of six to 59 months have directly benefitted from the routine Vitamin A supplementation annually, sponsored by the Helen Keller International, HKI, in the country.
Also on the list of the beneficiaries of the HKI Vitamin A supplementation programme are over 293,245Â mothers who benefitted within eight weeks of delivery.
This assertion was made by the Country Director of the Helen Keller International, Nigeria, Dr. Omo Ohiokpehai, while on an advocacy visit to Benue State.
Ohiokpehai said currently, the HKI initiative to eradicate childhood killer diseases associated with vitamin deficiency had benefitted mothers and children in 11 states.
According to her, the states directly enjoying the HKI intervention include: Adamawa, Akwa Ibom, Borno, Benue, Gombe, Jigawa, Kogi, Kwara, Yobe, Taraba and Plateau.
The Country Director further said the Vitamin A supplementation was the most active programme of the Helen Keller International in Nigeria at present, adding that the organisation would continue to vigorously pursue its objectives in that direction.
She argued that the initiative had, to a large extent, saved Nigerian children and nursing mothers from deaths associated with Vitamin A deficiency.
She added that HKI initiative in the country had been funded from the Canada International Development Agency, Standard Chartered Bank and Micronutrient Initiative which accounts for the record of achievements of the HKI attained by the organisation in the country.