According to the Accelerating Nutrition Results in Nigeria study, the Oyo State administration has reached a success rate of 58.7% for women of reproductive age who exclusively breastfeed their animals.
This was said by Dr. Khadijah Alarape, the project coordinator for the ANRiN Oyo Project Implementation Unit, at a meeting of the State Committee on Food and Nutrition stakeholders that the ANRiN Project sponsored in the capital city of Oyo State, Ibadan, at the Owu Crown Hotel.
The ANRIN project coordinator, who was delighted with the most current results from the Multiple Indicator Cluster 2022 Survey, claimed that the rise in awareness of the advantages of exclusive breastfeeding for a child’s overall wellbeing among pregnant and lactating women is evidence of this.
She appreciated the state governor, Seyi Makinde, for his support to increasing the maternity leave for pregnant women from three months to six months, and also ANRiN for implementing seven basic package of nutritional services across the 33 local government areas of 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 at granting six-month 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,” Dr Alarape said.
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-5 basic package 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 was a statutory meeting held quarterly to review nutritional intervention and address malnutrition in the state.
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