Health Minister Delivers Great News To Nigerian Mothers


29 Jun 2016

Health Minister Delivers Great News To Nigerian Mothers

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The Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, has on Wednesday, June 29, advocated for a six months maternity leave for working class mothers, as a way of encouraging breastfeeding for babies in Nigeria.

Adewole, who made this known at a forum in Abuja, with International donour agencies and commissioners of health present, discussed on how to promote breastfeeding in the country.

The Minister, noted that women who refuse to breastfeed their infants exclusively for 6 months, do not only have higher risk of cancer, but also expose them to diseases.

According to statistics presented at the event, only 20 percent of Nigerian women practice exclusive breastfeeding.

Meanwhile, the representative of the World Health Organisation, WHO, Mr. Nigel Rollins, said that only 37 percent of mothers in the world practice exclusive breastfeeding.

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Rollins, noted that Nigeria had become a driver of growing breast milk substitute industries to the detriment of their children.

Other resource persons and experts who spoke, identified the benefits of breastfeeding practice to both the infant and the mother.

‎It could be recalled, that since the appointment of Adewole as the Health Minister, the Ministry had identified clear cut guidelines on how to improve health care services in the country.

The guidelines were divided into Short, Medium and Long term plans.

He said, “The ministry will be accountable and there will be no bureaucratic bottleneck in its dealings”.

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He explained, that the process would be driven through Public Private Partnership, PPP, adding that PPP was key to solving Primary Healthcare, PHC, challenges like maternal and child mobility, cancer and HIV.

On the fight against Malaria, the Minister had called for an increased collaboration among stakeholders to control, care and prevent the spread.

He said, “Many Children ‎are out of school on account of malaria and a good number fail to attain their optimal potentials in life as a result of the ailment.

“This is unconscionable ‎given that malaria is preventable, treatable and curable as renowned scientist and the World Health Organisation have developed several tolls to prevent and treat the disease.

Recall, that the Minister had in May, directed all Medical doctors and hospitals in the country, to go ahead and treat emergencies including, gun shot victims, without requesting police clearance or other restraints.

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“You must also treat emergencies before asking for money, because life is more precious than money,” Adewole said.

With so much to show for in less than Nine months of appointment, Political pundits and Health experts have scored Adewole very high, as he is one of the Ministers that has performed and impressed President Muhammadu Buhari, with maximum standard.

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News Source: Post-Nigeria, 9jaTales

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