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Published On: Mon, Nov 26th, 2018

1,250 pregnant women get succour in Jigawa

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From Mika’il Tsoho, Dutse

No fewer than 1,250 pregnant women in Jigawa state have so far gotten free goats, chickens from a nongovernmental organization known as Save Children.
The beneficiaries that were selected from three local government areas of the state include pregnant women and lactating mothers as part of save Children intervention toward improving child nutrition in the state.
Speaking shortly after flagging up of the distribution of the empowerment packages, Save Children Nigerian Program Manager Dr Liman Muhammad said, after long research they realized that economic factors is one of the contributory factor to child malnutrition beside ignorance in the state.
He said, after massive enlightenment campaign on best practice of breast feeding, personal and environmental hygine carried out in three local government of the state, they now resolved to empowerd some of the rural women to enable them put into practice all what they were tought regarding breast feeding.
According to Dr Liman after assessing the the huge impact made by the state government program of using goats for women empowerment in the state, they decide to copy it with additional of chicken to support the improvement of child nutrition in the state.
He said the philosophy behind the distribution of the empowerment package is to provide mothers with a source of income to use in complementing their children feeding
Liman added that, beside two goats and two chicken given to the women for partaking, they also offered skill training, swing machine, super gette machine to some selected rural women, all aimed at supporting family to afford good nutrition practice for their children.
The program manager thanked Jigawa state government for keeping up its commitment according to the Memorandum of Understanding signed to govern Sava the Children operation in the state.
Speaking at the occasion, the Executive Secretary State Primary Health Care Board, Dr Kabiru Ibrahim said, the child nutrition indices in the state is a source of concern, and in an effort to tackle the challenges, the state government allocated N300 million to the sector.
Dr Kabiru added that, the state government is ever ready to collaborate with any organisation or individual who indicate interest to complement the effort of the state government to address the challenges around child nutrition in the state.

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