Ebonyi considering six-month leave for nursing mothers
EBONYI is understudying the recent six-month maternity leave approved in Lagos State for nursing mothers with a view to adopting it.
But the policy will not take off if it is abused by the nursing mothers.
The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health in Ebonyi State, Mr. Hycient Oteh, stated this during a briefing as part of activities to mark the 2014 World Breast Feeding Week.
While applauding the policy, he expressed fears that it might be abused by the beneficiaries.
Oteh said: “The introduction of six-month maternity leave is an encouraging development but we need to monitor it so that it won’t get to be abused by nursing mothers.
“If six months is given, it is expected that the period is used for what it is meant for. It is a good development that the state would consider in due course.”
The ministry, he added, will sensitise other ministries and parastatal to put up a bay where nursing mothers can go and breast feed while in office.
Oteh pointed out that such initiative would help the nursing mothers not to break the chain of exclusive breast feeding for six months.
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