The Federal Ministry of Health and other key stakeholders working on the extension of maternity leave from the current position of four to six months have been urged to speed up the process of making it a reality in order to boost exclusive breastfeeding rate and reduce malnutrition in the country.
The Executive Secretary CS- SUNN, Mrs Beatrice Eluaka made the call during a media training on Partnership for Improving Nigeria Nutrition Systems, PINNS, issues in Lagos.
Mrs Eluaka who expressed dismay that despite efforts by government and non-governmental organizations at encouraging breasfeeding in order to tackle malnutrition, the current rate of twenty-five percent is not good enough.
She noted that, if the families and the society played their roles, the rate would have improved as Ghana’ rate has now moved to sixty-five percent away from where it was with Nigeria.
According to her, CS- SUNN was working with other partners known as Result driven, Effective, Serviceable, Efficient and Transparent, RESET, to strengthen the country’s nutrition system and help deliver on the mandate.
Mrs Eluaka said that multi-sectoral approach was key to achieving the goal as no ministry could do it alone, adding that the Lagos State Government has done a lot and urged other states to emulate it.
The Project Officer, CS-SUNN, Miss Mary Ajakaye while explaining the reasons for the increase in malnutrition cases in the country to include inadequate allocation of funds and implementation of nutrition plans in annual budgets.
Miss Ajakaye noted that ineffective coordination of nutrition activities of actors at the national level.
The National Project Manager, CS – SUNN, Mr Okoronkwo Sunday who explained that documents or info-graphic reports to simplify and analyse malnutrition figures for proper understanding of the data by both government and the people, would be out before the end of the mont