Ebonyi State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Moses Nkama, announced that the state is set to implement an extended six-month maternity leave for working mothers. As part of the plan, the state government will provide baby creches in all offices to facilitate breastfeeding for working mothers in both the government and private sectors.
The disclosure was made during the official launch of the 2023 World Breastfeeding Week campaign under the theme ‘Enabling Breastfeeding: Making a Difference for Working Parents.’ The week-long event aims to emphasize the crucial role of breastfeeding in fostering healthy communities and promoting the well-being of both mothers and children.
Dr. Nkama highlighted the significance of breastfeeding, stating that breast milk contains essential nutrients, antibodies, and protection against various diseases, making it vital for the health and development of infants.
The campaign was officially flagged off in Abakaliki by the wife of the Governor, Mrs. Uzoamaka Nwifuru. Mrs. Nwifuru called upon traditional leaders, political leaders, policymakers, legislators, women, and men to become advocates of exclusive breastfeeding and support mothers across the state in practicing it.
Ebonyi State has taken significant steps to support breastfeeding practices and the well-being of working mothers, ultimately fostering healthier communities and the development of its citizens. These actions include the adoption of extended maternity leave and the provision of baby creches.
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