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World Breastfeeding Week: NOA, UNICEF take sensitisation to Kaduna community

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National Orientation Agency

National Orientation Agency (NOA) and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), on Thursday, took sensitisation on the importance of breastfeeding to Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
 

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News Agency of Nigeria

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the campaign conducted alongside an advocacy visit to the Etsu of Chikun, Mr Ishaku Yari, was aimed at commemorating this year’s World Breastfeeding Week.
 

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Zubair Galadima-Soba

The NOA Director in the state, Alhaji Zubair Galadima-Soba, said that the aim of the advocacy visit was to sensitise traditional and religious leaders on the right way of breastfeeding babies.
 

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According to him, community leaders have important roles to play in educating their subjects on the importance of breastfeeding, as they are closer to them.
 

Galadima-Soba appealed to the royal father to prioritise issues surrounding child nutrition in his domain and lead the campaign against malnutrition.
 

Nutrition Specialist

In her address, the Nutrition Specialist, UNICEF, Kaduna Field Office Mrs Chinwe Ezeife, said that the world breastfeeding week, celebrated worldwide, had, as its theme: “A Step-up for Breastfeeding Education and Support.


 
She said breastfeeding was cost-effective, with high impact, adding, however, that many mothers had not been breastfeeding their babies in the right way.
 

According to her, some of the right ways of breastfeeding babies include: early initiation of breastfeeding, exclusive breastfeeding for six months and extending breastfeeding, even when other foods have been introduced.
 

Ezeife urged men to support their wives with enough food at home so that they would be able to breastfeed their babies adequately, adding that a well-breastfed child’s survival was guaranteed.
 

The nutrition specialist said that UNICEF would continue collaborating with NOA, local governments and community leaders to ensure that children got adequate nutrition in the state.
 

Project Manager

Earlier, the Project Manager, Kaduna State Emergency Nutrition Action Plan (KADENAP), Umar Bambale, said that the agency was established to address malnutrition in the state.
 

Sani Hassan

Bambale, who was represented by Sani Hassan, noted that it cost N50,000 to cure a malnourished child, adding that it was cheaper to prevent.
 

He explained that acute malnutrition among children could be eradicated if mothers practised the right way of breastfeeding so that the children could grow up in good health and be smart.
 

Nutrition Focal Person in Chikun

The Nutrition Focal Person in Chikun local government area, Jummai Hamza, said that health workers had been trained on how to counsel mothers on the right food to give to their children.
 

She added that community infants and young children’s nutrition officers had been charged with the responsibility of sensitising community members on the right way of breastfeeding and preparing nutritious meal for their children.
 

Grace Samson

Mrs Grace Samson, a community member and mother, said she had practised exclusive breastfeeding for her three children and that they were all healthy and doing well.
 

Etsu of Chikun

In his remarks, the Etsu of Chikun appreciated NOA and UNICEF for the advocacy visit and sensitization, stressing that people living in villages needed to know the importance of breastfeeding.
 

He assured that the chiefdom would give all the support needed for community members to be enlightened on nutrition issue.
 

Yari urged government to ensure that the interventions reached the grassroots so that people living in rural areas could enjoy basic social amenities.

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