Enugu Govt assures improved nutrition as CS-SUNN  intestifies advocacy

In it’s efforts to ensure enhanced nutrition and  secure approval of 6 months  paid maternity leave for nursing mothers in  Enugu state, a Non- Governmental Organization, Civil Society -Scaling Up Nutrition in Nigeria(CS-SUNN) Monday, January 22, paid an advocacy visit to the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Budget and  Planning, Mrs. Clara Eze, to seek support of her office. 

Speaking, the Steering Committee chairman, CS-SUNN, South East, Ambassador Onyinye  Mama stressed the need for nursing mothers to be given enough time and a conducive environment to  breastfeed their babies exclusively at the first six months of birth.

Pix: CS-SUNN team and Perm Sec. Mrs Eze

Pix: Mrs Eze, Perm. Sec.

She said  a research on why women should up from three months to six months exclusively breastfeeding showed that “the serenity of  working environment for breastfeeding or lactating mothers comes with it’s own tension, expectations and timeline. “Breastfeeding goes with emotions, and balance . So, we  finally looked at all these things and said, since we were clamouring  and advocating  for six months  exclusive breastfeeding, it will be in our best  interest to push for six months maternity leave, that is because, at the serenity of our homes,there is so much love  and comfort.”

Pix: lCS-SUNN team

She explained that the nursing mothers will not be under work pressure while at home and conducive environment enhances the cognitive sense of the child, “the child is improving to become a better adult”, Mama said .

She added that the group was also advocating for the Government to indoctrinate that portion of budgeting that allows nutrition to be improved in Enugu state.

CS-SUNN with Mrs Eze(3rd Right)

Responding, the Permanent Secretary, Mrs Clara Ezeh,  said they were in support of  the course.

“We are all in support of what you want to achieve  If we can achieve that and reduce illness, have good health, it’s good, ” She  said.

The permanent secretary said they  were not only focusing  on breastfeeding, but also in the area of nutrition. Her words ,”we are not just focusing on breastfeeding , a lot will be achieved in the area of nutrition this year” 

CS-SUNN tea Mama( Sitting 1st row)

Earlier, Enugu state Coordinator of CS-SUNN, Finian Ali, appealed to the Permanent Secretary to consider including 6months paid maternity leave for the pregnant women in the State ‘s Civil Service  in the memo to the  state Government. 

He said, exclusive breastfeeding promotes good health. It  helps to reduce cases of malnutrition and saves cost

Author: Maureen Ikpeama

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