Stakeholders Task Media on Reducing Infant Mortality
A two day workshop on ” Facts for Life” organized by the United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF , Akure Field office in conjunction with the Ekiti state Ministry of information has ended in Ado Ekiti with an appeal to the Media organizations to support the campaign against child killer diseases.
At the programme, the permanent secretary, Ekiti state ministry of information, Dr Adekunbi Obaisi described the media as critical stakeholders in disseminating relevant information on health related issues thereby reducing infant mortality in the state.
She explained that the workshop was organised to enable the media sensitize nursing and expectant mothers on the need to take good care of themselves and their children, particularly the new born babies.
Also, a resource person from the ministry of health in Ekiti, Mrs. Adekemi Akinleye advised Nigerians to embrace child spacing and Family planning, she added that nursing and expectant mothers should always eat balanced diet.
Mrs. Akinleye equally urged nursing mothers to embrace exclusive breastfeeding and do away with Female Genital Mutilation, saying that it has resulted to the death of many children.
She sought the cooperation of the media towards sensitizing people at the grassroots on the harmful effect of female genital mutilation and non compliance with immunization of their children.
On her part, the Director of Values Orientation, Ministry of information, Mrs. Adesola Fadiran commended UNICEF for playing a supportive role in ensuring the safety and wellbeing of women and children in Ekiti state.