By Kabiru Dogon Daji Birnin Kebbi
Kebbi state government has established breastfeeding rooms and day care for working mothers as part of eff ort to secure mother, full attention to their onerous responsibilities in their respective ministries and parastatal. Commissioning the project at the Gwadangaji Secretariat, Birnin Kebbi, the wife of the President who was represented by her Senior Special Assistant, Dr. Hajo Sani, said the projects “which is the fi rst of its kind in the North-west geopolitical zone of the country is a way to sustain breastfeeding and promote the health of the mother and child in the communities.” Mrs. Buhari further said the programme would promote health and well-being of mothers and children, adding that it would also reduce the dead of women on maternal mortality.
She, however, urged the wives of the 36 governors to emulate the same gesture and save many women lives in their states. In her remarks, the wife of the Kebbi state governor andthe founder of the programme, Dr. Zainab Atiku Bagudu, said the commissioning “is to mark the World Breastfeeding Week in the state,” adding that “global statistics indicate that 100, 000 children die annually as a result of inadequate breastfeeding.” She said Governor Atiku Abubakar Bagudu, who approved the setting up of breastfeeding rooms for working mothers in all Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), had more passions for developing health sectors.
Zainab said the Forum would be used to train wives on advocacy methods to improve immunisation coverage, enrollment and retention of girls in the schools and empowerment schemes for women in the state. “We should start to look inwards, at homegrown sustainable solutions and improvise from the abundance in our midst to improve on the current level of hygienic, nutritious and balanced diets intake of our respective families so that together we can turn the tide to a positive pedestal that will position our children for greater life challenges.”
Zainab said this cannot be achieved without the support and encouragement from the larger society and more specifi cally our respective husbands and immediate family members. Speaking earlier, the Commissioner for Health, Alhaji Umaru Kambaza, thanked the governor’s wife for supporting health institutions in the state, adding that the sector had received tremendous change and development “in just a little over two years of existence.”