NGO Pushes For Extension Of Maternity Leave To Scale Up Nutrition

4 December 2020 By Chris Nyamtu.

Nutritionists at a one day media roundtable on Micro – Nutrients Defeciency Control have stressed the need for Nasarawa State Government to extend maternity leave for nursing mothers to six months as part of steps towards addressing cases of malnutrition in the State.

In a statement signed by the Executive Secretary of a Non Governmental Organization, Scalling-Up Nutrition in Nigeria, CS- SUNN, Beatrice Eluaka the rising cases of malnutrition and stunted growth among children in the state calls for stronger commitment by Government to check the trend.

The statement explains that six months exclusive breastfeeding remains the reliable practice hence the need for the State Government to extend maternal leave for nursing mothers as it is done in states like Kaduna, Lagos,Oyo and Ekiti among other States.

It also calls for increase in provision of basic package for nutrition services in all the Primary Health Care Centres across the State and intensify campaigns to rural areas to enhance behavioural change towards exclusive breastfeeding.

The statement notes that pregnant women should be given adequate attention in the areas of access to Micro- nutrient powder, Folic Acid supplements and Zinc tablets as well as Vitamin A supplements.

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