From Olanrewaju Lawal, Birnin Kebbi
Wife of President Muhammadu Buhari Hajia Aisha Buhari, on Monday, commissioned breastfeeding rooms for working mothers in Kebbi State.
Represented by her Special Assistant, Ajo Sani, the president’s wife advised other states in the country to provide enabling environment for nursing mothers to breastfeed their babies enough.
“Today’s event is an indication of our commitment in advancing breastfeeding at all levels. The benefits of breastfeeding are enormous. These include providing babies with the essential nutrients and antibodies that protect them from malnutrition, preventable diseases and even death.
“This is more so if the babies are breastfed exclusively. On the other hand,the productively of the mother will be optimal utilised in the workplace.”
She called on all employers of labour to create an enabling environment for nursing mothers to breastfeed their babies by provide them care centres and breastfeeding rooms.
In her welcome address, wife of Kebbi State governor, Dr. Zainab Atiku Bagudu, disclosed that the state was among States in the high rate of chronic malnutrition.
“Sadly,in the area of nutrition, Kebbi State has not fared so well. We are high on the list of chronic malnutrition in children. We besieged by detrimental cultural beliefs and practices ,poor education and week financial independence that contribute to the poor state of nutrition in children.
” The Get Involved Under Your Future Assured programme sought to address this. Thus, I would like to request that you include SBD champion a nationwide scheme for similar breastfeeding rooms in working places. “