2022 Breast Feeding Week: KNSG to Partners Alive & Thrive Initiative in Fighting Malnutrition

Written by Pyramid FM Kano

By: Muktar Yahaya Shehu

The Kano state government says it will partners with Alive and Thrive Initiative in fighting malnutrition bedevailing developing countries globally.

The state commissioner for Environment Dr. Aminu Ibrahim Tsanyawa made this known at the stakeholders sensitization workshop on Breast feeding organized by Kano state government in

collaboration with Alive and Thrive initiative to celebrate this year’s world breast feeding week (WBW2022).

Tsanyawa represented by the Director public Health and Disease control at the ministry Dr Ashiru Rajab said the World Health Organization (WHO) set aside every 1st to 7th August to celebrate breast feeding week globally aimed at improving mental wellbeing of children.

He said KNSG will joint with any partner especially in the health sector so as to make the society healthier.

“If we want to have the healthy and intelligent children in the future, we must make sure our children are well Breast feed”, he added.

Dr Aminu Tsanyawa further said Kano state government ensures it disseminate the right information to the mothers and even to the Households about the benefits of Breastfeeding especially from the antenatal service, adding that Breast feeding is improving the maternal and child relationship which will make the child grow up in a conducive social environment that will prevent him from going to anti social behavior in the feature.

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In a paper presentation, a senior adviser maternal Infant and Young Child Nutrition (MIYCN), Alive and Thrive initiative Dr James Oloyede said the workshop will bring key stakeholders aimed at improving their capacity on the material infant and Young Child Nutrition.

Dr. Oloyede further said when the mother don’t take care of food it’s take on daily basis, psychologically it stop her from releasing the Breast Milk.

“We are advocating for the increments of maternity leave from Four months to Six months from the government for a good exclusive breast feeding”, added Dr. James.

“The work places has challenges because when the mother return to work, most work places don’t have breast feeding rooms even though the national policy make the provision that some hours should be given to breast feeding mother for their baby within working hours, but some institutions are not compliant.

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He also called on government to implement the Two weeks Paternity leave which as at now only two States in Nigeria implemented.

He also commended Kano state government for making the event successful.

In a remark, the nutrition officer of the ministry Hajiya Halima Musa Yakasai said the aims of the event is to sensitize and strengthen the capacity of stakeholders by increasing their knowledge on exclusive breast feeding.

During the event, Elhadji Issakha Diopa a nutrition officer at United Nation Children Emergency Fund (UNICEF) field office Kano said breast feeding is essential to the attainment of sustainable development goals in Nigeria, and the Nigerian children hold the great future of this country.

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