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Kaduna ex­tends ma­ter­nity leave to six months

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Wife of Gover­nor Nasir El-Ru­fai of Kaduna State, Ha­jiya Aisha-Ummi, has de­scribed the ex­ten­sion of ma­ter­nity leave for civil ser­vants from three months to six months as an in­vest­ment in hu­man cap­i­tal de­vel­op­ment.

Mrs El-Rufa’i, Chair­per­son, Kaduna State Nu­tri­tion Emer­gency Ac­tion Plan, stated this in Kaduna on Wed­nes­day at a two-day stake­holder’s val­i­da­tion meet­ing on the Ma­ter­nity and Pa­ter­nity Leave Bill.

The News Agency of Nige­ria (NAN) re­ports that the Bill pro­vides for six months ma­ter­nity leave for women and pro­poses two weeks pa­ter­nity leave for hus­bands, who work in pub­lic ser­vice.

She said that the govern­ment was trans­lat­ing the pro­nounce­ment of the ap­proved six months ma­ter­nity leave into a law to en­sure sus­tain­abil­ity.

Ac­cord­ing to her, this step will en­cour­age and im­prove the six months ex­clu­sive breast­feed­ing among work­ing moth­ers to pro­vide the ba­bies with the needed nu­tri­ents for the first 1,000 days of their lives.

“This will en­sure the sur­vival, healthy growth and de­vel­op­ment of the child into an in­tel­li­gent, in­no­va­tive and cre­ative adult that will con­trib­ute to the de­vel­op­ment of the state and the na­tion.

“The ex­ten­sion will equally help full re­cov­ery of women af­ter child­birth and sup­port them to breast­feed their chil­dren ex­clu­sively for six months without any fear of los­ing their jobs.

“The ma­ter­nity leave will fur­ther en­sure ef­fec­tive ac­cess to qual­ity ma­ter­nal health­care, thereby con­tribut­ing to the health and well-be­ing of moth­ers and their ba­bies,” El-Rufa’i said.

She added that the state govern­ment had also adapted and ap­proved some of the na­tional food and nu­tri­tion poli­cies, strate­gies, and plans, to im­prove the nutri­tional sta­tus of women and chil­dren.

She iden­ti­fied some of these poli­cies, strate­gies and plans to in­clude State Pol­icy on Food and Nu­tri­tion, State Strate­gic Plan of Ac­tion on Nu­tri­tion, 2016-2020, and State Ma­ter­nal, In­fant and Young Child Nu­tri­tion Strat­egy, 2019-2023.

“Oth­ers are State Multi-Sec­to­rial Strate­gic Plan of Ac­tion for Food and Nu­tri­tion, 2020-2024, and Draft So­cial and Be­hav­iour Change Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Strat­egy for In­fant and Young Chil­dren Feed­ing, 2017-2021.

“The govern­ment, with sup­port of de­vel­op­ment part­ners is equally im­ple­ment­ing Com­mu­nity man­age­ment of Acute Mal­nu­tri­tion, In­fant and Young Child Feed­ing in­ter­ven­tion.

“All these are in a bid to im­prove the nu­tri­tion sta­tus of women and chil­dren in the state,’’ she said. (NAN)

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