By; FUNMI O. ADERINTO, Kaduna
The Deputy Governor of Kaduna State, Dr Hadiza Sabuwa Balarabe, on Thursday, said that breastfeeding is one of the most cost effective and impactful intervention for reducing malnutrition.
Dr. Balarabe, expressed this at the State Breastfeeding Heroes Award Ceremony held at Hotel Seventeen in Kaduna.
The event was organised by FHI 360 Alive and Thrive to recognise and honour personalities who stand out in their role in promoting breastfeeding in Kaduna state.
Dr. Hadiza said, it is a pleasant experience involving personality to promote our children in the State.
According to her, the awards heroes is to encourage others to take up the responsibilities, she noted that, the business is for us to promote optimal breastfeeding to support National and Global health targets.
Hadiza described the need to ensure a healthy society.
” it’s so satisfying that among the recipients, includes the Wife of Governor Nasir el-Rufai and chairperson of Kaduna Emergency Nutrition Action Plan (KADENAP), Hajiya A’isha Ummi Garba el-Rufai.”
The Deputy Governor ascribed Hajiya A’isha Ummi el-Rufai’s commitment to providing eadership in making a difference in the state to prevent malnutrition in the society.
Adding that, the State is not relenting in creating an ebabling environment for women to be the best, saying the State Executive Council has approved the six months maternity leave to ensure adequate breastfeeding for children.
She further said, breastfeeding is one of the sure ways to reduce maternal mortality and infants under six months who are not breastfed are three to four times more likely to die than those who receive any breast milk.
The Deputy Governor, expressed gratitude to Amina Sani Abubakar who gave birth to triplets and has feed them with breast milk.
She said her story is worth sharing and celebrating all the time towards the lives of the triplets who are healthy with exclusive breastfeeding.
Hadiza, admonished women to be committed and dedicated to breastfeeding their children, saying, breastfeeding has implications not only for the health of children, but also for Nigeria’s economy.
“Low breastfeeding rates are associated with poor brain development at individual level,” she warned.
She commended the Primary Healthcare Development Agency for partnership with Kaduna State Government, adding that the state has put on programmes to put people first for a healthy society.
In a remark, the wife of the Governor, Hajiya A’isha Ummi el-Rufai, expressed her gratitude to be awarded as the Kaduna Breastfeeding Hero.
She commended the Governor who have been in support of Kaduna Emergency Nutrition Action Plan (KADENAP), for a healthy society.