Aisha Musa, a Pediatrician at Minna General Hospital, has stressed the importance of first breast milk that comes out of a mother after giving birth, saying it is the best part of breast milk.
She said this at a symposium to commemorate the 2022 World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) which is annually marked from Aug. 1 to Aug. 7 around the world.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the WBW, which has “Step Up Breastfeeding, Educate and Support” as its theme for 2022 is a global campaign to raise awareness and galvanise action on themes related to breastfeeding.
NAN also reports that WBW started in 1992, with annual themes including healthcare systems, women and work, education and human rights, among others.
Since 2016, WBW is aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and in 2018, a World Health Assembly (WHA) resolution endorsed the week as an important breastfeeding promotion strategy.
The pediatrician, therefore, said during the event, organised by the Niger State Primary Health Care Development Agency in collaboration with UNICEF, that nursing mothers should not deny babies the first breast milk immediately after delivery.
Musa explained that the first breast milk known as “colostrum”, yellowish in colour should be fed to a baby as it has nutrients’ concentration a child needs.
She said mothers should also breastfeed their babies after the first breast milk to enable the child access foremilk and hindmilk.
“Foremilk is the milk a baby takes at the beginning of feeding and hindmilk follows it.
Typically, foremilk is mostly water combined with other nutrients, and hindmilk is highly fatty.
Both contain lactose that your baby needs to develop properly.
“Colostrum is the first yellow milk that comes out from a woman’s breast immediately after giving birth; colostrum contains antibodies a child needs; it is the first immunisation a child gets in life.
“Any child that is not given the colostrum is easily exposed to disease, therefore, the habit of throwing away the first breastmilk should be stopped in communities,” she said.
Musa also stressed the importance of exclusive breastfeeding for the child’s survival and development, adding that the practice is to protect the child from sickness and improve bonding.
In her remarks, Mrs Chinwe Ezeife, the Nutrition Specialist, UNICEF Kaduna Field Office, pledged the agency’s continuous collaboration with Niger Government to protect, promote and support breastfeeding and other activities in the state.
She said “we have trained community volunteers who have been going from house to house to educate women on the need to embrace exclusive breastfeeding.
” Ezeife disclosed that UNICEF, in collaboration with the National Orientation Agency and the State Primary Health Care Development Agency would engage traditional and religious leaders to support women in their domains to breastfeed.
She added that the organisation would also help in improving capacity of health workers on how they could support mothers to embrace breastfeeding.
Asmau Abubakar, Nutrition Officer in the state, said the government partnered various organisations such as Accelerating Nutrition Results Result in Nigeria project to improve nutrition among women.
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has pledged continuous collaboration with the Niger government to protect, promote and support breastfeeding.
Mrs Chinwe Ezeife, Nutrition Specialist, UNICEF Kaduna Field Office, said this at a symposium to commemorate the World Breastfeeding Week, entitled: “Step Up Breastfeeding Educate and Support’’ in Minna on Thursday.
She explained that UNICEF had supported the state on maternal infant and young child feeding practices at communities and exclusive breastfeeding for six months.
“After six months of exclusive breastfeeding, the mother will introduce appropriate complementary food for the child and still breastfeed the child for 24 months and beyond.
“This support is ongoing in 14 local government areas and we have trained community volunteers who have been going house-to-house to explain these practices to them,” she said.
Ezeife noted that UNICEF in collaboration with National Orientation Agency (NOA) and the state Primary HealthCare Development Agency would embark on community dialogue with traditional and religious leaders on their roles to support women to breastfeed.
She added that the organisation would partner the state primary healthcare development agency to improve capacity of health workers on how they could support mothers to embrace breastfeeding.
Earlier in her presentation on importance of breastfeeding, Dr Aisha Musa, a paediatrician at the Minna General Hospital, urged nursing mothers not to deny their babies from sucking the first breast milk immediately after childbirth.
Musa explained that the first breast milk known as colostrum, yellowish in colour should be fed to a baby as it had nutrient concentration a child needed.
She advised it should not be thrown away as it was being practised in some communities.
Musa added that mothers should also breastfeed their babies after the first breast milk to enable the child to access foremilk and hind milk.
“Colostrum is the first yellow milk that comes out from a woman’s breast immediately after childbirth.
“This colostrum contains antibodies a child needs as nutrient at that time; it is the first immunisation a child gets in life.
“Any child that is not given the colostrum is easily exposed to any outbreak of disease, therefore, the habit of throwing away the first breast milk should be stopped in communities,” she said.
She also emphasised the importance of exclusive breastfeeding for the child’s survival and development.
She said that exclusive breastfeeding protected the child from falling sick as well improved mothers and child’s bonding.
In her remarks, Asmau Abubakar, Nutrition Officer, Niger, said the state government had partnered various organisations such as Accelerating Nutrition Results in Nigeria project to improve nutrition among women.
Mr Busayo Kadejo, the newly-redeployed Comptroller to the Niger and Kogi Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service, has warned that his leadership would not accept absenteeism, disrespect and violation of human rights.
Kadejo, who gave the warning at a brief ceremony in Minna on Thursday, also reiterated his preparedness to prevent any form of smuggling business in the area command.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Nigeria Customs Service redeployed Kadejo to take over from Comptroller Abubakar Adamu, who has been transferred to Bauchi Area Command.
The new comptroller said that officers and men of the command should brace up to their responsibilities in the discharge of their duties and be committed.
He appealed to residents of the state to complement the efforts of the command by coming forward with reliable information that would aid in apprehending smugglers.
Adamu thanked the management, officers and men of the area for their support and cooperation during his stay in the command.
The outgoing comptroller urged officers and men to extend the same cooperation accorded him to the new helmsman of the area command.
The Police Command in Niger has confirmed recovery of the bodies of two persons found dead in an apartment in SDP area in Suleja Local Government Area on August 8. The Public Relations Officer of command, DSP Wasiu Abiodun, confirmed the tragic development in a statement issued in Minna on Thursday.
Abiodun said that an incident of a suspected culpable homicide and suicide occurred on Aug. 8 at about 8:15 p.
m. He explained that an unusual noise of a man in distress was heard at the residence of one Mr Adeniyi Dennis located at SDP area in Suleja.
He said that police operatives attached to ‘A’ Division Suleja were immediately mobilised to the scene and the door was forcefully opened.
Unfortunately, a lifeless body of one Gloria Chidinma was discovered on the bed tied with a rope around her neck and her husband, Adeniyi Dennis, was also found lying down unconscious suspected to have taken poisonous substance.
The duo were rushed to General Hospital Suleja where the wife was confirmed dead while the husband later gave up the ghost on Aug. 9 at about 4: 45 p.
m. The spokesman said that a skipping rope and a cup containing suspected poisonous substance were recovered from the scene.
“We have since evacuated the bodies to General Hospital Suleja mortuary for autopsy.
“However, the unfortunate incident is under investigation while we await medical examination result,” the police said.
The Federal Fire Service (FFS) says the service is currently constructing 13 new fire stations across the country to improve response time to fire incidences.
FFS Controller General (CG) Abdulganiyu Jaji said this on Thursday during a media parley at FFS Headquarters in Abuja.
Jaji said that from the 13 ongoing Zonal commands, six had reached substantial levels while the remaining seven are still at an early construction stage.
A breakdown by FFS Projects Head, Mr Tolu Aderibigbe, detailed that the six developed fire stations are in Abuja, Kano, Bauchi, Enugu, Makurdi, and Abeokuta.
According to him, “the development level of the Abuja fire station located in Kubwa area is 75 per cent completed.
“Makurdi; 90 per cent, Bauchi; 87, Kano; 80 per cent, Enugu; 65 per cent and Abeokuta; 40 per cent.
“The upcoming constructions are in Minna, Sokoto, Yola, Owerri, Oshogbo, Asaba and Uyo.” Jaji said that the service had also purchased over 20 state of the art firefighting trucks that would be deployed to state commands including the newly constructed stations on completion.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Jaji, alongside top management officers visited the ongoing Kubwa fire station being constructed in Abuja.
On recruitment, he debunked rumors of recruitment or replacement of citizens into the service.
He said that without waivers and funds, such exercises cannot take place.
“No official recruitment or replacement is ongoing in the service because we need to establish waivers.
“We also need to get funds that will be used to train recruits as we have not gotten any of this so until this is established before recruitment or replacement can take place,” he said.
Jaji said that the reviewed fire safety code, Standard of Operating Procedure and Acts guiding the service was yet to be approved by the Federal Government.
He however, said that the Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola was keen on approving those laws in order to strengthen the service but is yet to endorse it for implementation.
“People build buildings with no recon to the fire safety code and this is because of the absence of the code.
“By the establishment of the laws in the code it will make a developer know that from the design stage of a building you need to seek the approval of the fire service till completion stage.
“This will ensure that the fire safety features that ought to be in the building are present and will make investigation easier in case of a fire incident,” he said.
The FFS boss said that massive public enlightenment campaign on fire prevention, control and mitigation had begun.
He said that the enlightenment campaign had been ongoing across the country with the aim to prevent fire rather than fight fire.
“I am a strong believer that prevention of fire is cheaper, safer and easier than firefighting,” he said.
He warned that the service would no longer condone attacks on firemen during rescue operations.
“Anyone who obstructs our men in the cause of their duty will face the full wrath of the law.
He called for a robust partnership with the public sector especially in the area of establishing fire stations.
“Within my first 100 days in service, we partnered DIFF Medical hospital and Nigeria Export Processing to establish fire stations while some other private stations are undergoing construction.
Jaji further charged private sectors to partner FFS in establishing fire stations across the country.
He stressed that the need for more fire stations cannot be overemphasized to reduce response time during fire emergencies.
He said that the service intends to actualise its collaboration with the Nigerian Air Force to establish an Aerial Fire Response Unit. The CG disclosed that the service had received approval to procure three more hydraulic platforms in addition to the one in Lagos.
He appreciated President Muhammadu Buhari’s led administration for actively supporting the service.
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has urged stakeholders to prioritise maternal, infant and child nutrition intervention at the community level and engage skilled health workers to support mothers to breastfeed optimally.
Mrs Chinwe Ezeife, Nutrition Specialist, UNICEF, Kaduna Field Office, made the call at the inauguration of 2022 Niger State Zero Water Exclusive Breastfeeding Campaign.
It was organised by the state’s Primary HealthCare Development Agency in collaboration with UNICEF in Minna on Wednesday.
She disclosed that only 6.2 per cent of children were exclusively breastfed by their mothers and as a result, they children had been denied the many benefits that come with exclusive breastfeeding.
Ezeife disclosed that Nigeria was still among the world’s countries with highest child mortality rates and stunning prevalence and lowest rates of many infant and young child feeding indicators.
“There are still high levels of stunting at 37 per cent wasting among children under 5 years of age at 7 per cent.
“The rate of exclusive breastfeeding has shown modest improvement from 17 per cent in 2013 to 29 per centin 2018 according to NDHS 2018. “For context, in 2018, only 42 per cent of infants were breastfed within one hour of delivery while 49 per cent were given other fluids in the first three days of life.
“And only 29 per cent of children were exclusively breastfed in the first 6 months of their life.
” According to her, the Nigeria Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) of 2017 indicates that about seven out of every 10 children between the ages of 0 and 6 months are not exclusively breastfed in Nigeria.
She said that the state of Niger had 6.2 per cent of children exclusively breastfed.
“As a result these children are denied the many uncontested benefits that come with exclusive breastfeeding.
” The nutrition specialist said that inadequate and low rates of breastfeeding caused over 10 million avoidable cases of childhood diarrhoea and pneumonia which leads to more than 100,000 deaths in Nigeria.
In her address, Dr Amina Bello, wife of Niger Governor, said that breastfeeding played an important role in managing the double burden of malnutrition and inequalities “Breastfeeding provide nutritional bonding avenue between mother and child, therefore this campaign should be taken to every household for women to exclusively breastfeed within six months,” she said.
She urged the public to collectively carry the message of the importance of breastfeeding to every household to create awareness and sensitisation.
In his remarks, Dr Ibrahim Dangana, Executive Director, Niger state Primary HealthCare Development Agency (PHCDA), said that the campaign on breastfeeding would be carried out in 25 local government areas as well as the 274 primary and secondary centres across the state.
In her goodwill message, Mrs Bolanle Oyebola, Project Director, Plan International Nigeria Accelerating Nutrition Result in Nigeria, said the organisation was implementing nutritional value among women to ensure that children had access to cost effective nutrition in the state.
The governorship candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Niger, Mr Umar Bago, on Wednesday warned those engaged in thuggery within Minna metropolis to desist from such act or face the wrath of the law.
He said this during a strategic security meeting held at the Justice Legbo Kutigi Conference Centre in Minna, saying he would join security operatives to patrol the state to ensure that peace and normalcy was returned in the state.
Umar, who is also the member representing Chanchaga Federal Constituency, said that security of lives and property was a fundamental a issue that should not be toyed with.
He noted that he was not a thug and had nothing to do with thuggery hence, he would not tolerate thuggery in his constituency and the state at large.
“I am saying it loud and clear that anyone caught disrupting the peace of our state and its people should be decisively dealt with according to the provision of the law.
“I am prepared to support the security agencies to ensure that the menace of hooliganism is addressed permanently on our streets.
“I will take it upon myself to personally join the police to patrol our streets to ensure the success of nipping in the bud this madness of thuggery activities ongoing in some areas,” he said.
Bago said that the youth restiveness being experienced within of Minna metropolis required a proactive measure in addressing the menace before it gets out of hands.
“I am not a thug, I have never been a thug and I will never be a thug and I will never be a part of disturbance of law abiding citizens, especially the peace loving people of the state.
He noted that nobody could link him to thuggery and youth restiveness because he had engaged the youths in useful ventures through engaging them in skills acquisition programme as well provided some of them with employment.
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on Wednesday in Minna said about 6.2 per cent of children were not exclusively breastfed by their mothers in Niger.Mrs Chinwe Ezeife, Nutrition Specialist UNICEF Kaduna Field Office, made this known at the inauguration of the 2022 Niger state Zero Water Exclusive Breastfeeding Campaign.The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the campaign was organised by the state Primary HealthCare Development Agency in collaboration with UNICEF in Minna.The World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated every year from Aug. 1 to 7, as a global initiative and the biggest annual moment worldwide for the breastfeeding movement.According to Ezeife, inadequate and low rates of breastfeeding cause more than 10 million avoidable cases of childhood diarrhoea and pneumonia which lead to more than 100,000 deaths in Nigeria.Ezeife said the Nigeria Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) 2017, also showed that about seven out of every 10 children between the ages of zero and six months were not exclusively breastfed in Nigeria.She said that inadequate breastfeeding was responsible for more than 100,000 child deaths translating into almost 18 billion naira in future economic losses for the country.She called on government and stakeholders to strengthen policy provisions that supported maternity leave for six months in the public sector to encourage breastfeeding among women and improve child’s survival and development.Dr Amina Bello, Wife of the state Governor, said breastfeeding was important in managing the double burden of malnutrition and inequalities “Breastfeeding provide nutritional bonding avenue between mother and child, therefore this campaign should be taken to every household for women to exclusively breastfeed within six months,” she said.She urged the public to carry the message on importance of breastfeeding to every household, to create awareness and sensitisation to six months exclusive breastfeeding.She also called for continued breastfeeding with appropriate complementary food for up to two years and beyond.Dr Ibrahim Dangana, Executive Director, Niger State Primary HealthCare Development Agency (PHCDA) said campaign on breastfeeding would be carried to 25 local government areas and 274 primary and secondary centres across the state.Mrs Bolanle Oyebola, Project Director, Plan International Nigeria Accelerating Nutrition Result in Nigeria, said they were implementing nutritional value among women to ensure children had access to cost effective nutrition.NewsSourceCredit: NAN
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has promised to continue to prioritise workers’ welfare in Niger State, if elected in the 2023 governorship poll.
Mr Yabuku Garba, the state deputy governorship candidate of the party, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Minna on Wednesday.
Garba, also the Chairman of the Niger Council of NLC, said there was much work to be done in the area of workers’ welfare such as payment of salaries and delayed payment of gratuity of those who retired.
“As someone who understands and feels the plight of civil servants, we will ensure that all these issues are resolved especially issues of promotion, training and retraining of civil servants.
“This is because civil servants are the engine room of any government and if neglected their impact will not be felt.
I will ensure that civil servants have their pride place in the scheme of things for socio economic growth and development,” he said.
The NLC chairman gave assurance that if elected into office, the administration would make the state an economically viable one by addressing the security challenges bedeviling some parts of the state.
“The emergence of Mr Umar Bago as the governorship candidate of APC and my selection as his running mate came with so much excitement and expectations from the public.
“There are so many feelings and expectations from people to see how the narration of government will change in the state especially in areas of security and economy revalidation.
“APC have a manifesto and should be driven guide for us to achieve the vision and mission for Niger to tune a greater hook of economy but that cannot be achieved without security.
“So I believe as a responsible party and as a government if we become, security is our priority and by the grace of God, we will overcome the menace, therefore, I call on residents to support us with prayers because governance is inclusive and not about one person,” he said.
Garba called on the electorate to obtain their Permanent Voter Card (PVCs) and come out in mass to vote for the right candidates that would pilot the affairs of the state.
Bago had in July unveiled Garba as his running mate for the 2023 governorship election in the state.
Dr Amina Bello, Wife of Niger Governor and Chairperson of the state Gender Based Management Committee (GBV), is advocating girl-child education to ensure equal opportunity in the society.
She made the call at a one-day Anti GBV Close Out Project Workshop organised by the Niger state GBV Management Committee, supported by Nigerian Academy of Science (NAS) in Minna on Tuesday.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Gov. Abubakar Bello of Niger had in 2021 inaugurated a 20-member GBV management committee chaired by Dr Amina Bello to address the menace of domestic based violence.
Bello, who explained that girl-child education was extremely important, added that educating a woman made a family to prosper.
She, however, said that though GBV affected women and girls more, boys and men were also affected in lesser degree.
Bello added that GBV limits the potential of individuals, families and communities to live their full potential.
She disclosed that statistics of World Health Organisation (WHO) stated that one in every three women and girls experience GBV in their lifetimes and three in every 10 women in Nigeria have experienced physical violence by the age of 15. In her address, Hajiya Fati Ibrahim, Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, commended the NAS for technical and financial support given to the committee to minimise occurrence of GBV in the state.
She said that progress had been made in efforts to reduce to the barest minimum cases of GBV in the state through sensitisation, prevention and reporting channels of GBV cases.
“Many segments of communities have been effectively mobilised to participate in fight against GBV in the state.
We have reached out to traditional and religious leaders to be at alert to respond to all forms of GBV in their domains,” she said.
In her remarks, Prof. Ekanem Braide, NAS President, said that the academy in 2020 partnered with Niger, Ekiti, Edo and Abia states to address GBV.
She added that the project was aimed at strengthening response to GBV in the four states.
Braide commended the governor’s wife for effectively coordinating the committee and members on the project for successful implementation and conclusion of the project.
She urged the Niger to sustain the project in order to serve as a model to other states.
Also, Hajiya Kaltum Rufai, Secretary of GBV Management Committee and Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Women Affairs, said that 175 rape cases were reported to the Sexual Assaults Centre from January 2021 till date.
She said out of these cases, only eight offenders were convicted out of 77 prosecutions with 160 cases still under trials.
She added that the centre also recorded 3,500 withdrawal cases of school children, 67 street hawking and 21 forced marriages.
In his remarks, Emir of Minna, Dr Farouq Umar, represented by Malam Iko Adamu, commended the efforts of the governor’s wife and the team for successful implementation of the project.
Umar added that the emirate would give necessary support for sustainability of the project.