RUMONGE May 16th (ABP) – The Rumonge health province (south-west Burundi), in collaboration with the GVC, proceeded on Monday May 13, 2019 with the restitution of the results of the screening of the diseases related to the malnutrition. The screening was carried out from March 1 to 5, 2019 for children from six months to five years old, in Rumonge and Buruhukiro zones of Rumonge commune.

According to the results of the screening, it was expected to screen 13,551 children aged six months to five years, but those screened were 11,070 children. Of those screened, 217 were moderately malnourished, while 38 were severely malnourished.

The provincial doctor in Rumonge, Mr. J. Claude Ndikumasabo, said that patients with moderate acute malnutrition will be cared for by “Muco” moms and dads, leaders in their communities for learning and nutritional rehabilitation homes. The latter were trained and received the necessary community care kits.

For children who have not yet been screened, Mr. Ndikumasabo calls on community health workers to find them where they are so that they can be screened for 100% coverage because, he says, all children aged six to 59 months should normally have been screened for malnutrition-related diseases.

The provincial doctor in Rumonge, who reports that malnutrition is caused by many factors, calls on parents to ensure the nutritional health of their children. He said that nutritional health projects are being carried out in Rumonge province by the GVC and called on the people to join. He also called on parents to screen children for the prevention of malnutrition-related diseases.

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