By Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja
The President’s wife, Aisha Buhari, is committed to supporting and promoting breastfeeding among women through regular education and awareness raising with emphasis on the health benefits, urging fathers, family members and society to always encourage the process.
According to a statement from Chief Information Officer Abiodun Oladunjoye, she engaged at an event hosted by the State House Clinic to mark World Breastfeeding Week 2022.
Represented by the Senior Special Assistant to the President for Administration and Women’s Affairs, Office of the First Lady, Dr. Rukayyatu Gurin, Ms. Buhari assured of her commitment to getting more families to accept and embrace breastfeeding exclusive six-month maternal for babies.
The two-day event, held at the State House Auditorium and Utako Community, was themed “Intensify Breastfeeding, Educate and Support.”
The First Lady further underscored the importance of outreach to key stakeholders, stressing the need for more efforts to tackle “myth, misinformation and misinformation about breastfeeding.”
“I urge stakeholders to solidify their role as breastfeeding guardians and engage relevant authorities in developing policies that protect and promote breastfeeding as a practice.
“Breastfeeding provides babies with natural food that contains all the nutritional values babies need.
“Therefore, as a natural remedy that protects the baby from all kinds of diseases, let us all join hands as parents to educate, encourage and support our dear mothers to breastfeed their babies enough for a healthier Nigeria,” said she declared.
In his remarks, State House Permanent Secretary Tijjani Umar, represented by Alhaji Buka Mala, his special assistant, explained that the State House clinic has been baby-friendly since 1997 and that the support group at the breastfeeding was inaugurated in 1998.
Umar noted that State House management is committed to the initiative by supporting staff through trainings, workshops and other breastfeeding support group educational activities.
To encourage breastfeeding mothers to carry out their duties and continue caring for their babies, Umar said that “State House management has provided a crèche at the clinic.”
“In keeping with this year’s theme, to educate and support breastfeeding, the State House Clinic conducted a breastfeeding awareness campaign on Tuesday, August 9, 2022, in the FCT Utako Community.
“Today’s event demonstrates our commitment to promoting and supporting breastfeeding as the best food for babies, and remains a mother’s best gift to herself, her baby and the world,” Umar said.
The Permanent Secretary expressed his gratitude to the staff of the State House Clinic for always hosting the event, and implored them to continue to ensure that the message reaches all parts of the FCT, and beyond.
In their separate remarks, Dr Rakiya Ahmed, Head of the Department of Pediatrics at the State House Clinic and Mr Madaki Leda, a retired Chief Nursing Officer, thanked the Permanent Secretary for his keen interest and financial support which made of community breastfeeding awareness a success. .