The Chairperson of kaduna State Emergency Nutrition Action Plan KADENAP Hajiya Aisha Ummi Elrufai has appealed to husbands to always encourage their wives to engage in exclusive breastfeeding to improve health of their babies.
The Chairperson who is also wife of Kaduna state governor stated this during breastfeeding heroes award ceremony which was organised by an NGOs Alive and Thrive and Nutrition Society of Nigeria held in kaduna.
Hajiya Ummi Elrufai said exclusive breastfeeding played an important role in the nutrition and early growth of babies.
The wife of the governor, commended Alive and thrive for honouring her following her commitment in promoting infant and young child feeding practices and improved well-being of children in the state.
The Deputy governor of Kaduna State, Dr Hadiza Sabuwa Balarabe described the award as significant inview of the contribution of KADENAP and other stakeholders in promoting child nutrition in the state.
Dr Hadiza Sabuwa Balarabe said breastfeeding stimulate positive development and protect infant against diseases, she also emphasised that, business of promoting child health is the responsibility of every one, hence the need for them to contribute their quota toward achieving the needed result.
According to her, realising ills of malnutrition and the low exclusive breastfeeding prompted the the state Executive Council to approved the six month maternity leave for female public servants.
She said kaduna state government, UNICEF and other development partners have supported KADENAP in instituting various interventions not only to treat children with severe malnutrition but to prevent it to ensure child survival in the state.
Dr Hadiza Balarabe expressed appreciation to the parents of the triplets for their commitment in conducting exclusive breastfeeding for their babies.
The Head of Nutrition, Federal Ministry of Health, Dr Chris Isokpunwu noted that, exclusive breast feeding has many health benefits to both mothers, children, community and the country at-large .
The Executive Secretary, Kaduna state Primary Health Care Development Agency Dr Hamza Abubakar said no human capital development could be achieved without investing heavily in health and nutrition.
According to him, such investment would help toward achieving effective six month exclusive breastfeeding by nursing mothers.
The President, Nutrition Society of Nigeria, Dr Bartholomew Brai identify adequate nutrition as catalyst for the achievement of sustainable development goals by 2030.
The ward was also provided to parents of triplets that exclusively breastfeed their babies for six month.
The Project Director, Alive and Thrive, Mr Victor Ogbodo was also part of the dignitaries who presented the awards to the recipients.