The UN organizations provided the food assistance to the Ministries of Public Health and Education for distribution to children suffering from malnutrition.
But well-placed sources revealed to Pajhwok Afghan the food aid had not been distributed equally to children. Now the items are openly being sold in the local market.
Shahabuddin, in charge of the Super Star Bodybuilding Club, confirmed the protein-rich food items were purchased and provided to players by club owners.
“In fact, the food was supplied to the market by the Public Health and Education Ministries. We buy them for Rs24 and sell them to players for 30 afghanis. Sportspeople have started using this food,” he said.
Habibur Rahman, one of the club members, said he had been consuming food containing peanuts instead of protein, eggs, potatoes, etc.
This food stuff, largely made of protein and manufactured by Kako Industries, is packed in plastic bags to preserve it for a long time for children.
In addition, Kako products could be found in most stores in Khost City, but Dr. Abdul Wahid Niyazi said he was unaware that common people had access to them.
“These food items are prepared only for children suffering from malnutrition. I don’t think they are available in the city. I go to the market but have not found them,” he added.
He warned the RUCF and RUTF malnutrition food had been manufactured specifically for children and its intakes by adults could be harmful.
He recalled the issue had been raised with health officials in a series of meetings. All participants had been directed to distribute the food only to needy children.
Ahmad Wali Mangal, provincial head of OHPM, denied the sale of UN-donated food items in the open market.
“We have checked serial number of food items being sold in the market. They are clearly different from the serial numbers of food times with us,” he argued.
Mangal believed the Kako food items being sold in the market might be the one distributed to the people.
Health officials said after every three months 4,000-5,000 cartons of Kako food arrived in Khost City. Each every carton contains 150 Kako packs.