The Oyo State Government has achieved 58.7% in the practice of Exclusive Breastfeeding by Women of Child-Bearing Age, the Accelerating Nutrition Results in Nigeria (ANRiN) revealed on Thursday.
The Project Coordinator, ANRiN Oyo Project Implementation Unit, Dr. Khadijah Alarape stated this during a Stakeholders meeting of the State Committee on Food and Nutrition organized by ANRiN Project which was held at Owu Crown Hotel, Ibadan.
The ANRIN PC who was elated with the recent data from the MICS 2022 Survey said the increase shows Pregnant and Lactating women are now aware of the benefits of exclusive breastfeeding for the general well-being of their children.
She appreciated the State Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde for his support in increasing the maternity leave for pregnant women from 3 months to six months and also ANRiN for implementing 7 Basic Packages of Nutritional Services across the 33 LGAs in the state.
This, according to her, has really helped the status of exclusive breastfeeding in the state in the last two years.
“The State Governor should be thanked for his help in granting 6-months maternity leave for our mothers. This has really helped. This can be confirmed from available statistics on Nutrition indices that the State is doing well as far as Exclusive Breastfeeding is concerned. Although we need to work more on the rate of stunting in the state.”
While calling for more collaboration among the SCFN members, Dr. Alarape said it is imperative for every Line Ministries on Nutrition to have a budgetary allocation for Nutrition activities in their various MDAs.
She reiterated ANRiN’s effort at providing cost-effective Nutritional Services to Pregnant and Lactating Women, adolescent-girls as well as Children Under 5 across the state.
She also said two Non-State Actors, Solina Health Ltd and Save the Children are currently working in communities across the state, giving Pregnant and Lactating Mothers as well as Children Under Five Basic Packages of Nutritional Services.
In his welcome address, the Director of Development Partners, at the Ministry of Budget and Planning, Mr. Moruf Oyetunji said the meeting is a statutory meeting that is held quarterly to review Nutritional intervention and address malnutrition in the state.
In another development, the Oyo State Government has assured the road users of the Oyo-Fasola-Iseyin road and its environment that the newly constructed Ogun River bridge on the road will be opened to traffic soon as the work is close to completion.
The assurance was made by the Commissioner for Public Works and Transports, Professor Dahud Kehinde Sangodoyin during an inspection of the 34.8 Km Oyo-Fasola-Iseyin road construction which started in 2021.
While commending the State Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde for his relentless effort to improve the state’s agriculture and economy through the construction of good roads, Professor Sangodoyin implored the citizens to protect whatever facility the Government has provided so that there will not be any need for unnecessary repair.