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Health: Nasarawa Assembly To Support NGOs, Improve On Health Of Women, Children.

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Chairman Nasarawa State House of Assembly Committee on Health, Hon Usman Labaran Shafa said the house will continued to gives its support to any relevant NGOs that have good programme that will improve on life’s of women and children in the state.

Hon Shafa stated this on Monday while playing host to members of community link for health and family planning advocacy, (CLHFPA) in his office Lafia, the State capital.

Hon. Usman Labaran Shafa, NSHA member representing Toto/Gadabuke Constituency

He assured them that he will continued to liaise with the ministry of health to ensure timely release of budgetary allocation for family planning and ensures effective sensitization on the benefit of family planning to the general health being of women and children.

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Hon. Shafa equally assured them of increase in budget allocation for family planning and other legislation that will improve on the general health being of the people of the state.

Earlier, leader of the delegation Mr. Mary Asheneye who thanked the effort of the health committee chairman on their activities so far called for his support in sensitizing people on the benefit of family planning to the health being of women and children.

Hon. Usman Labaran Shafa, NSHA member representing Toto/Gadabuke Constituency

She also called for increase in budgetary allocation for family planning and timely release of the budget.

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Covid-19: Dr. Aisha Buhari Lauds Jack Ma, AliBaba Foundations For Donating Relief Materials

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The commitment of Mr. Jack Ma, through the Jack Ma Foundation and Alibaba Foundation to the global battle against COVID-19 has been commended by the First Lady, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr. Aisha Muhammadu Buhari.

She made the commendation while receiving a consignment of COVID-19 related items such as face masks on Wednesday 18th November, 2020 at the ABF Secretariat, Abuja.

A statement by Aliyu Abdullah,
Special Assistant to the President on Media & Publicity (Office of the First Lady), said Mrs. Buhari noted that the two foundations and their founder Mr. Jack Ma is duly recognized worldwide for their contributions in the areas of women leadership, entrepreneurship, Education and medical intervention.

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These, she said, are areas of core competence of Aisha Buhari Foundation and Future Assured, where great success has been recorded.

“I do therefore express my appreciation to the Jack Ma Foundation and the Alibaba Foundation on behalf of the women and children of Nigeria, and promise that the items will be used judiciously.”

Presenting the items to Mrs. Buhari, Special Assistant to the President on Organization of African First Ladies for Development (OAFLAD) Mr. Mohammed Albishir, said the consignment of assorted face masks, were delivered by the two foundations to OAFLAD for onward distribution to nations currently battling the novel virus across Africa. Nigeria, he said, is one of the deliveries made, saying the items are for distribution in Nigeria, especially to people living in remote areas.

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NASACA Seeks Assembly’s Support For More Funding In The Fight Against The Spread Of HIV/AIDs In The State

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The Nasarawa State Aids Control Agency (NASACA), has advocated for an effective collaboration with the Nasarawa State House of Assembly through increase in budgetary allocation towards achieving effective implementation of the State anti- stigmatization law.

The Executive Director, NASACA Dr. Ruth Bello made the appeal when the agency paid a courtesy visit to the Nasarawa State House of Assembly Standing Committee on Health in Lafia today.

Bello said that increasing budgetary allocation for HIV/AIDs would not only tackle stigmatisation but would also tackle the menace in the state.

Hon. Suleiman Abdulaziz Danladi

Bello disclosed that this year alone, out of the twenty two thousand HIV positive persons (22,000) who are not on drugs, the agency has succeeded in tracing and placing back on drugs over fifteen thousand pesons (15,000).

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She thanked the committee members for being up and doing in supporting the activities of the Agency and appealed for more funding in the fight against the spread of HIV and Aids in the state.

Responding, the Chairman of the committee, Hon. Usman Labaran Shafa thanked the Executive Director, and the entire members of the Agency for the visit and urged them to remain focuse in the fight and control of the spread of HIV in the State.

Labaran Shafa, who was represented by Hon. Suleiman Abdulaziz Danladi noted that the committee will always put in it’s best for the agency to succeed.

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“Ours is to make laws and pass resolutions that will touch our people positively and this law was passed in the state. It is now the responsibility of not just the executive arm of government but all of us to ensure effective implementation of the State anti- stigmatization law,” he said.

He equally called on the agency to redouble it’s efforts on the areas of sensitization and awareness campaign aimed at controlling the spread of the disease in the state.

The chairman also assured the agency of adequate support to succeed.

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Nasarawa To Extends Maternity Leave To Six Months, To Encourage And Improve Exclusive Breastfeeding Of Infant Babies

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In a bid to ensure the babies get needed nutrients for proper upbringing, the Nasarawa State Government through Commissioner for Health, Hon. Pharm. Ahmed Baba Yahaya, has said maternity leave will be extended to Six Months to encourage and improve the exclusive breastfeeding among working class mothers as well as to provide the babies with the needed nutrients for the first 1000 days of their lives.

A press statement issue on Thursday by Musa Abdullah Information officer, Ministry of Health, said the Commissioner made the disclosure while playing host to Civil Society Scaling Up Nutrition in Nigeria (CS-SUNN) who paid him an advocacy visit at his office, Lafia, the State capital.

He described the extension of maternity leave for civil servants from four months to six months as an investment in human capital development and will go along way to address the issue of Malnutrition in children in the State.

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According to him, as an emergency Action Plan, the Ministry of Health will write a Leave Bill to the Governor for onward transmitting to the State House of Assembly to make it as a law.

The Bill will provides for six months of maternity leave for women and
government will translate the pronouncement of the approves six months of maternity leave into law to ensure sustainability.

“This will ensure the survival, healthy growth, and development of the child into an intelligent, innovative, and creative adult that will contribute to the development of the state and the nation. He added.

The government, with the support of development partners is equally implementing Community management of Acute Malnutrition, Infant and Young Child Feeding intervention.

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“All these are in a bid to improve the nutrition status of women and children in the state,’’ He said.

Earlier the leader of the deligation and Chairperson of CS-SUNN Nasarawa State Mrs. Mercy Aso said the are advocating for extension of six months Maternity Leave for Civil Servants in the State.

According to her, this step will encourage and improve the six months of exclusive breastfeeding among working mothers to provide the babies with the needed nutrients for the first 1,000 days of their lives.

She also said “This will ensure the survival, healthy growth, and development of the child.

Mrs.Asso maintained that the extension will equally help the full recovery of women after childbirth and support them to breastfeed their children exclusively for six months without any fear of losing their jobs.

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“The maternity leave will further ensure effective access to quality maternal healthcare, thereby contributing to the health and well-being of mothers and their babies.

She commended the Nasarawa State Government for improving on its Malnutrition status especially on the policy strategies which She identified some of these policies, strategies, and plans to include State Policy on Food and Nutrition, State Strategic Plan of Action on Nutrition, and State Maternal, Infant and Young Child Nutrition Strategy.

“Others are State Multi-Sectorial Strategic Plan of Action for Food and Nutrition, She also appreciated the effort of the State in ensuring that all lines MDAs that implement nutrition activities have budget while appealing for timely release of funds to enable them to fastrack activities as expected.

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