An NGO, Wellbeing Foundation Africa, has awarded Mrs Amina Sani Abubakar, mother of triplets, the Alive and Thrive Breastfeeding Heroes Award, for exclusively breastfeeding her triplets for six months.
The foundation Chief Executive Officer, Mrs Amy Oyekunle, gave the award on Thursday at the Alive and Thrive Breastfeeding Heroes Award in Kaduna State.
This is contained in a statement made available to the Nigeria News Agency in Lagos by the foundation’s Communications Lead, Mr Joseph Iheme.
Oyekunle said the award was a celebration of the foundation’s success in private sector health facilities intervention in Kaduna State on the Infant and Young Child Feeding programme, supported by Alive and Thrive FHI360.
“The Alive and Thrive Breastfeeding Heroes Award is a milestone celebration of the impact of the programme in promoting infant and young child nutrition in Kaduna and Lagos States.
“I am especially pleased that this award is being given to Abubakar, a mother within one of our private facilities in Kaduna State, who was supported throughout the breastfeeding period by our expert team members.
“The foundation also appreciates our partnership with Giwa Hospital, Kaduna, and the over 500 private health facilities in Kaduna and Lagos States.
“Wherein we are actively working with mothers to promote early initiation to breastfeeding, exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months, and proper complementary feeding of infants and young children.
“The foundation is committed to improving knowledge and rates of breastfeeding for better health outcomes for women and their families in Nigeria,” Oyekunle said.
Also, Founder of the foundation, Mrs Toyin Saraki, said the award would serve to encourage more mothers to take-on proper breastfeeding practices to ensure that their babies start strong for a better future.
She said: “We are encouraged to reach more mothers and produce more impact stories such as that of Abubakar.
“The Alive and Thrive programme aims to save lives, prevent illness stunting and malnutrition, and ensure the healthy growth and development of infants and young children.
“This is achieved through improved breastfeeding and complementary feeding practices, through a four-pronged approach and advocacy.
“These include interpersonal communication and community mobilisation; mass communication and strategic use of data.”(NAN)
Edited by Olagoke Olatoye
Exercise OKUN ALAFIA II records success 11 days after flag off
The 30-day exercise was started on July 24.
The Fleet Commander said that the successes were based on the collaboration between the Navy and the Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) facilities which made vectore, intercept and interrogation easier.
He also said that four suspects were arrested along with 8x50litres jerry cans filled with PMS in additiin to several other empty jerry cans.
“These arrests were made between July 27 and Aug. 3 at Idi-Mango in Abule Glass Akaraba area,” he said.
He said that the Nigerian Navy would not relent in its efforts until it had provided the necessary and conducive environment for law abiding members of the public to carry out their legitimate maritime-related business.
“Based on operation posture of Western Naval Command underlined by foregoing successes against perpetrators of criminalities within the nation’s maritime environment,I hereby restate that the Nigerian Navy will not rest to its oars until it has provided necessary conducive environment for law abiding members of the public to carry out legitimate theurtheir maritime-re business.
“May I further request that as partners in progress, members of the public are free to divulge credible information to the units in your localities to enable it to get rid of all forms of criminalities,” he said.
He said eight ships, two helicopters and a detachment of NN Special Boat Service (SBS) participated in the exercise.
NAN reports that the Command had earlier engaged in a series of exercises and operations such as: OPERATION JUNCTION RAIN, EXERCISE SWIFT RESPONSE, EXERCISE ATEGUN ALAFIA, EXERCISE OKUN ALAFIA I, TREASURE GUARD II .
Edited By: Josephine Obute/Peter Dada (NAN)https://nnn.ng/exercise-okun-alafia-ii-records-success-11-days-after-flag-off/
Foundation preaches increased advocacy against gender-based violence
The Sir Ahmadu Memorial Foundation (SABMF) has called for increased advocacy against gender-based violence in order to promote positive behavioural change in the country.
Mr Abubakar Umar, it’s Managing Director made the call in a statement in Kaduna on Monday which was made available to the News Agency of Nigeria.
He said there was need for the empowerment of women and adolescent girls in order to reduce their vulnerability to gender-based violence.
Umar said that SABMF was concerned about the spate of sexual harassment and other forms of gender-based Violence in the country.
“The foundation recommends gender inclusiveness to increase women participation in the socio-economic and political activities in their communities..
“We also call for improved and free medical attention to victims of rape and other forms of gender-based violence,” he said.
He called for the strengthening of extant laws on gender-based violence to ensure effective justice delivery for victims.
Umar who described rape as a crime that required serious attention, urged community and religious leaders to get involved in the advocacy against it.
“We are talking about a crime that has direct negative impact on the economic development of not only women, but the nation.
“We all need to stand out to support the victims, we must encourage them to speak out,” he said.
Edited By: Azubuike Okeh/Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)https://nnn.ng/foundation-preaches-increased-advocacy-against-gender-based-violence/
Foundation seeks free, comprehensive healthcare for older persons
An Enugu-based NGO, the Daniel Ukwu Leadership Foundation, on Monday, advocated for a free and comprehensive healthcare for older persons nationwide.
The Executive Director of the foundation, Mr Daniel Ukwu, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on the sidelines of an event to mark the UN International Elder Abuse Awareness Day.
Celebrated annually on June 15 around the globe, the UN International Elder Abuse Awareness Day is to focus global attention to the problems of physical, emotional and financial abuse of elders.
Ukwu, therefore, called for free and comprehensive healthcare package for older persons “so that they woukd age gracefully.”
He noted that older people visit health facilities more than the younger ones, and they continue to manage one form of health condition or the other with their meager finances.
He added that “most people enjoy free health facilities provided by either their employers or the government while they are young and working.
“You find out that since most young people do not frequently get sick, they do not take advantage of these health provisions.
“But as they retire and get older, they visit hospitals often and some come down with illnesses that they have to continue to manage when the health facilities are no longer available to them.
“So, when older persons need more resources to take care of their health needs, they are no longer entitled to the facilities and no provision is made for them.
“Our policy makers and those in government should provide free and comprehensive healthcare for older persons; make their burden less.”
Ukwu, however, called on the Enugu State Government to build old peoples’ homes in each of the 17 council areas of the state.
According to him, older persons that are abandoned and living inhuman conditions should be taken to such homes for proper care and welfare.
He said “most times, it is not that the older persons do not have children or relatives but all of them might be far from home.
“Hence, older persons need to be taken to well-managed homes for welfare, care and human companion that will keep them fit and healthy,’’ he added.
Edited By: Chinyere Bassey/Hadiza Mohammed-Aliyu (NAN)https://nnn.ng/foundation-seeks-free-comprehensive-healthcare-for-older-persons/
COVID-19: Foundation donates food items, PPE to journalists in FCT
An NGO, Rachel D Piper Foundation, on Saturday donated food items and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), as palliatives to journalists in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) amidst the fight against coronavirus pandemic.
Amb. Rachel Bakam, President of the foundation, told News Agency of Nigeria , that the gesture was in recognition of the fundamental role of the media in daily news reportage.
According to her, selected journalists from 10 media houses, including NTA and NAN were scheduled to benefit from the items that included noodles and other food items, as well as face masks.
Bakam explained that the foundation was mindful of the fact that journalists were providing essential services as the nation grapples with the coronavirus pandemic.
She noted that many of such palliatives distributed by some other organisations were directed mainly at health workers and security agents, forgetting journalists whose roles in the COVID-19 crisis were indispensable.
“We understand the place of the media in the fight against COVID-19, and we want them to know that they are not left behind, and that is why we are distributing these palliatives to them.
“As a humanitarian foundation, we have donated sanitiser, face masks and food items to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) within and outside the FCT, and we have decided to extend it to journalists.
“There is no doubt that media practitioners work tirelessly to make sure that the message about coronavirus is spread accurately and timely,” she said.
Also, Mr Ekene Ezepue, Chief Executive Officer of Alert News Magazine, who partnered with the NGO in the project, said that the media were critical stakeholders in the collective fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
“As people in the media sector, we want to reach out to our brothers and sisters, who are most susceptible to being infected by this virus.
“They need to be encouraged because they risk their lives in striving to give us information we need to stay safe and alive,” he said.
Mr Alex Nwankwo, PRO of the foundation and publisher of Alex Reports, told NAN on the sideline of the event that journalists were in dire need of protective equipment and special palliatives to enable them perform optimally.
“Nigerians depend on the media for reliable information and without them (journalists) the information about coronavirus preventive measures will not get to the people,” he said.
Responding, Mr Julius Enehikhuere, NAN Deputy Editor-In-Chief expressed gratitude to Rachel D Piper Foundation on behalf of the benefiting journalists in the Agency.
He noted that the gesture was an indication that journalists were recognised as important stakeholders, especially in times of crisis like the COVID-19 pandemic.
Edited By: Abiodun Esan/Felix Ajide (NAN)