Institute  for  Dietetics in Nigeria conducts one day  outreach session in Kano

 

Picture: Activities  going on at  Shuwaki  model primary health care centre,   venue of the IDN  outreach.

By Abdulgafar Oladimeji

Institute for  Dietetics in  Nigeria(IDN), Kano chapter, last  Thursday conducted  a one day  outreach programme session for hundreds of  pregnant women and lactating  mothers  in Kunchi local government, in Kano north.

The state chairman, IDN, Auwalu Musa speaking at the opening of the  one day session , held at Shuwaki primary  health centre, noted that  the delegation were in the area to extend  a  free nutrition  assessment  education and support ,   adding  that  the programme is targeted to create awareness among  nursing mothers and  their men folks  on the useage of food  diversity to  improve  family health status.

According to him, understanding proper dietary and sanitary  methods by pregnant women and lactating mothers plays a significant role in securing the health of children and their  families  and their larger communities.

He further emphasized that,  it is critical to continue to remind  members of  communities  on the essence of first initiation of the child at birth by placing them on the breast , instantly they put to bed, adding that   it is imperative to  continue to trumpet  the nutritional  values of adopting the exclusive  breasting feeding approach  and other practices that should be observed within the first 1000 days in the life span of a child and to further enumerate to the people  the benefits that are attached..

He employ critical stakeholders not to relent in holding fast to the  tenets  in pursing  nutritional  attitude to utilize  and increase the  productive output of their communities.

Earlier in his welcome address the HOD medical Kunchi Primary Health Care,  Mohammed  Saleh, who welcomed the IDN entourage to the council area,  said Kano state government place  high  priority  to  the provision of quality health services in rural communities.

He added that the state government has continued to support health initiatives that will add value to the health of the state populace with keen commitment to ensure indigent persons are not exempted from access to quality health care services.

Our correspondent reports that the IDN delegation  comprising  of  seasoned  medical practitioners drown from  diverse specializations, who conducted  free nutrition assessment,  maternal support  services aid outreach,  food demonstration and  nutrition education.

Also weigh and height  measurements were part of the free medical services that were  rendered at the free outreach sessions.

 

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