Jigawa to Train 400 Health Workers on Exclusive Breastfeeding

By Aliyu Haidar

Jigawa State Primary Health Care Development Agency will provide training for 400 students from the 2 existence health institutions in the state to educate women on the importance of exclusive breastfeeding.

 

The Executive Secretary of the Agency, Dr. Kabir Ibrahim stated this during a Media Dialogue on Breastfeeding organized by JPHCDA in collaboration with UNICEF with a theme “Breastfeeding Foundation For Life”, said government deemed it necessary to employ their services as most of them are potential health workers.

 

He was represented by the Deputy Director Nutrition, Magaji Uba Ahmed stated that the 400 students will be drawn from the two health institutions of the state, added that 200 will be from the school of health technology Jahun and 200 from the state college of nursing and midwifery Birnin-Kudu respectively.

 

According to him the health workers will used their vast of experience to educate women on the economic impact of breastfeeding their children. “As potential health workers they have a vital role to play towards achieving the designed objectives,” he noted.

 

Also speaking, UNICEF Nutrition Specialists, Mrs. Philomena Irene said years of research have confirmed the importance and exclusive breastfeeding for the optional health infants, children, mother and society.

 

She explained that absence of breast feeding however not only affects short and long term health outcome but also exacts a financial toll on the Nigeria economy, called on government to invest more funds on issues related to malnutrition rather than road constructions.

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