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Published On: Wed, Feb 14th, 2018

Groups want maternity leave extended to 6 months

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From Femi Oyelola Kaduna

Civil Society Scaling-Up Nutrition in Nigeria (CS-SUNN) in collaboration with Alive and Thrive (A&T) has solicited the support of Trade Union Congress (TUC) to push for the extension of maternity leave to six months in Kaduna State.
The CS-SUNN Coordinator in the state, Mr Silas Ideva, made the call during a visit to the TUC secretariat in Kaduna, yesterday.
Ideva said that the move was necessary to support nursing mothers to exclusively breastfeed their children. saying that Nigeria currently occupies the second position in the area of child mortality in the world.
He said that 50 per cent of infant mortality in the state was associated with poor nutrition.
He said that the partnership with TUC was crucial to ensuring that the State House of Assembly enacts a law extending maternity leave for working class nursing mothers from the current three months to six months.
According to him, the law will provide working class mothers the needed opportunity to practice exclusive breastfeeding required for optimal development of the child to adulthood, if enacted.

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