Most recent multi indicator cluster survey, 2016 to 2017 report by National Bureau of Statistics shows that wellbeing of children remain significant challenges in South East geo-political zone of Nigeria says National Orientation Agency, NOA.
The Director, NOA in Ebonyi state, Dr. Emmanuel Abah stated this during the weekend on the occasion of a one-day forum of community governance structure in Ebonyi North senatorial zone of Enonyi state.
The event had in attendance, traditional rulers, NGOs, UNICEF representative, ministry of Information and Dtate orientation and other stakeholders.
The NOA boss explained that there was need for concerted efforts to improve on the attention and positive actions as it concerns wellbeing of children, pointed out that infant mortality was still high in the area, including Ebonyi state.
He noted that the percentage of children exclusively breakfed during the first six months of life, a practice vital for protecting children during the most vulnerable ages of life is low in the Ebonyi state.
”The percentage of the population using sanitary means of excreta disposal, a practice very critical for preventing diseases and deaths, especially amount young children is equally low”, he stated.
Abah said that there is need for more people in the Ebonyi communities to become knowledgeable of essential family practices especially the five being promoted by UNICEF Nigeria.
”They should also become motivated to practice them and disseminate to other members of their communities. Essential family practices present the most important facts that people have a right to know how to prevent child deaths and diseases, and to protect women during pregnancy and childbirth”, he added.
Abah urged the participants at the forum to create a space in their meetings to discuss and take decisions and actions on wellbeing of children, ” become UNICEF Ambassadors in your different communities and continue promoting essential family practices everywhere you find yourself”.
The forum was interactive as both attendees expressed their experiences and discussed best measures to improve the practice of the essential family practices.