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.
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.
“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.
“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.
Nasarawa Assembly Expresses Commitment To Support DASH For Quality Healthcare Service Delivery.
The Nasarawa State House of Assembly Committee on Health, has assured the management of Dalhatu Araf Specialist Hospital ( DASH), Lafia of the House readiness to support in addressing the challenges facing the hospital in order to improve on the health status of the people of the state.
Hon Usman Labaran Shafa, the Chairman House Committee on Health gave the assurance when the management of the hospital appeared before the committee to defend the hospital 2021 budget proposal.
Usman Shafa said that addressing the challenges facing the hospital would not only improve on the health status of the people of the state but would also boost health care service delivery in the state.
According to him, We will do the needful to assist you to enhance your operation
” As it is said that a healthy nation is a wealthy nation, hence the need of our continue commitment to assist you to overcome the challenges facing the hospital.
Also contributing Hon Suleiman Yakubu Azara commended the management of the hospital for being up and doing in tackling the health challenges of the people of the state.
” You are doing well and I urge you and your management team to maintain the tempo,” he said.
Earlier, Dr Hassan Ikrama, the Chief Medical Director( CMD )of the hospital appreciated the committee for supporting the activities of the hospital .
He, however, identified some of the challenges facing the hospital to include laundry machine, laparascopic surgery equipment, additional ambulance, additional generator, mortuary fridge among other equipment.
The CMD assured of his continued determination to improve on the health status of the people of the state through initiation of good health policies and programmes.
Accountability: Nasarawa Assembly Summons Deputy Governor, State Auditor General Over Covid-19 Finances.
The Nasarawa State House of Assembly Ad-hoc committee on Covid-19, has summoned the Chairman of the state Task Force on COVID-19, Dr Emmnauel Akabe, who is the state deputy governor to appear before the committee on Thursday, Dec.10, 2020.
The committee also summoned the state Auditor General, Riyanu Lamus to appear before the committee on Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020.
Hon Abdullahi Dahiru Angibi, the Chairman of the committee gave the summon while briefing newsmen after an emergency meeting of the committee at the assembly complex in Lafia today.
The chairman said that their summons was to enable them brief the committee on the COVID-19 activities and its finances in the state.
” You will recalled that on August 11th, 2020, the speaker of the state assembly Rt.Hon. Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi inaugurated this six-man Ad-hoc committee on COVID-19.
” This is to enable the committee monitor the activities of the State Task Force on COVID-19 .
” COVID-19 cases are still on not only in Nasarawa State, Nigeria but in the whole world.
” It is in view of this that we are summoning the state Chairman on COVID-19 to appear before this committee on Thursday 10th December,2020. to furnish us on its activities and finances.
” We are also inviting the state Auditor General to appear before this committee on Tuesday , December 8, 2020 to brief this committee on the COVID-19 expenditure, ” he said.
The chairman of the committee, has assured the people of the state of the House continued commitment to ensure that the right things are done for the overall development of the state.
It would be recalled that on August 11th, 2020, the speaker of the state assembly inaugurated the six-man Ad-hoc committee on COVID-19 to monitor the activities of the State Task Force on COVID-19 under the chairmanship of the state Deputy Governor, Dr Emmanuel Akabe.
Hon Abdullahi Angibi (House committee chairman on public account) as Chairman of the committee, Hon Usman Labaran Shafa, (Health committee chairman) Vice Chairman, Hon Mohammed Ibrahim Agah muluku, Hon Daniel Ogazi , Hon Abdulaziz SK Danladi and Hon. Suleiman Yakubu Azara as members while the Secretary of the committee is Barr. Safiya Balarabe.
Covid-19: Dr. Aisha Buhari Lauds Jack Ma, AliBaba Foundations For Donating Relief Materials
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.
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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