NOA/UNICEF train journalists on EFP




The National Orientation Agency (NOA) in collaboration with United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on Friday organised a training workshop for journalists on Essential Family Practice (EFP).

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the two-day training workshop had participants drawn across print and electronic media houses in the state.

Malam Bala Musa, UNICEF Focal Officer of NOA, said that the objective of the training was to increase participants’ knowledge and understanding on the five key EFP practices.

He said the training was also to identify and discuss the behavioural factors influencing low uptake of EFP in Niger and build consensus on ways the media could increase demand for EFP.

In his opening remark, Malam Yahaya Obongbo, NOA State Director, said that the training would brainstorm on how media can help to create more awareness on the importance of EFP.

Mrs Adeola Olunloyo, Communication for Development Specialist (C4D), UNICEF Kaduna Field Office, explained that EFP were life-saving low cost intervention to maximise children’s lives in life threatening situations.

She mentioned EFP to include; immunisation, exclusive breastfeeding, hand washing, antenatal care and health seeking behaviors.

Olunloyo said that UNICEF was engaging the media to help promote EFP for mothers and caregivers.

She said that some indicators showed that only four out of ten children were fully immunised at age one and only 25 per cent of women practise exclusive breastfeeding in Niger.

He added that the essence was to improve EFP among households to ensure that every child was healthy and survived well.

Also, Dr Ahmed Tsofo, Health Specialist, UNICEF Kaduna Field Office, disclosed that only 41.5 per cent of women were getting antenatal care from skilled health providers, adding that many pregnant women do not go for antenatal as approved.

He added that antenatal and immunisation was important for pregnant women to prevent children from diseases such as tuberculosis, polio, diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus and hepatitis B.

Similarly, Miss Teni Shiru, UNICEF Communication for Development State Team Lead, urged the media to help create awareness on the importance of every woman having safe birth.

He said that about 110 Nigeria women lose their lives from problems associated with pregnancy and child birth every day.

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