World Vision has urged beneficiaries of its programmes to stop selling food supplements meant to fight malnutrition among children.
The ready-to-use therapeutic food is a type of nutrient-dense food used in the treatment of children with severe acute malnutrition (SAM) without medical complications. Therapeutic foods contain added minerals and vitamins.
The organization said it has discovered that nutrition food is being sold in Turalei, Aweng and Wunrok towns of Twic County, Warrap state.
According to World Vision Field Coordinator most of the items are supplementary food meant to support lactating mothers and children.
Deng Daniel Kol mentioned the items that include plump nuts, formula milk and other supplements.
It is not clear how the therapeutic food reached the market.
“We have already told the government to arrest anyone selling the food supplied to the malnourished children. There is a law that punishes the misuse of drugs. So, anyone doing business on them will face the law. And we are asking the police to implement it,” Mr. Deng stated.
He also cautioned the public against consuming therapeutic food without the prescription of qualified persons.