Bauchi State First Lady Hajiya Aisha Bala Mohammed has advocated for subsistence farming by women to enable them to plant and harvest vegetables and other crops that will boost their nutritional value as they breastfeed their newborn babies exclusively.
She stressed that backyard farming if practiced by the women, will lead to access to varieties of food items for human development and growth, particularly the newborns and lactating mothers.
Aisha Bala Mohammed made the advocacy on Wednesday while speaking at the flag-off of the 2023 World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) held at the premises of the State Secretariat.
The First Lady stressed the importance of exclusive breastfeeding, saying that it strengthens the bond between mother and child as well as serve as natural protection from child killer diseases.
The Governor’s Wife also encouraged breastfeeding mothers to remain steadfast in adopting global health practices that would prevent childhood diseases.
In a goodwill message, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has expressed moves to support Bauchi State Government on safe breastfeeding space.
Speaking on behalf of all USAID-funded agencies, Country Director of Advancing Nutrition, Mrs Philomena Orji, pledged the Agency’s commitment toward providing safe space for working mothers in Bauchi State.
The USAID representative, therefore, stressed that access to safe space would provide avenue for working mothers to commit and contribute to the productive workforce of the state and reduce the burden of childhood diseases.
She added that “USAID remains committed to supporting the Bauchi State Government to provide safe space for working-class mothers in all working areas in line with all relevant provisions.”
According to her, “Providing breast milk to children in line with best practices is a way for our babies to be healthy and productive workforce of the future.”
In his opening remarks, Executive Chairman of Bauchi State Primary Healthcare Development Agency (BASPHCDA), Dr Rilwanu Mohammed, said that the state would continue to develop programmes that would showcase the nutritional and health benefits of breastfeeding.
He stressed that the Agency is committed to safeguarding the lives of women, particularly those of childbearing age as well as U-5 children.
World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) is an annual celebration held from Aug. 1 to Aug. 7 to raise awareness about the benefits of breastfeeding to nursing mothers, babies, families, societies and nations.
The week-long event is celebrated in more than 120 countries and has “Let’s Make Breastfeeding and Work, Work” as the theme for 2023.
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