From: MUKHTAR YAHAYA SHEHU
Kano state government has assures it’s commitment of the strengthening exclusive Breastfeeding for the benefit of mothers and children in the state.
The state commissioner for health Dr. Abubakar Labaran Yusuf stated this during the flag off ceremony for world Breastfeeding week 2023.
The commissioner Represented by the Parmanent secretary to the ministry Hajiya Amina Aliyu Musa said Kano state government is ready to look into the implementation of Breastfeeding policy for elevating 3 months of Maternity leave to 6 months.
“Kano state government has been doing a lot in terms of prevention and treatment for children malnutrition through RUTF for malnutrited children and also public awareness through media and the community level.” Commissioner said.
Dr. Abubakar Labaran Yusuf further said to ensure government under Engr. Abba Kabir Yusuf put the issue of good health for children on its heart within the period of 2 months in office Recommissioned Hasiya Bayero Pediatric Hospital that will bring free healthcare services to the children.
Speaking earlier, Director public health and Disease control Kano state ministry for health Dr. Ashiru Rajab commended the effort of Development Partners for their support towards the eradication of malnutrition to the state children.
In her speech nutrition officer state ministry for health Hajiya Halima Musa Yakasai highlighted some of challenges with regard to the sector which includes late attendance for antenatal care, poor maternal knowledge of exclusive breastfeeding.
In his good will massage state coordinator Alive and Thrive initiative Dr. Ashiru Hamza Muhammad called on the need to have maternity leave extension from 3 months to 6 months not only from the government side up to Private organization as well as the need to have a nursing Room in place of work after their leave to enable them continue breastfeeding up to 2 years.
Also speaking, chief officer UNICEP Kano state Dr Rahama Rihood Mohammed Farah urged to provide adequate resources for prevention of malnutrition through promotion, protection and support for maternal, infant and young child nutrition.
During the event, Maryam Umar from National Primary Healthcare Development Agency called on women to make sure their children are exclusively Breastfeed and Receive full dose of Routine Immunization and antenatal care.