CAN recommends child-spacing for healthy family life
By Olaotan Falade
Mrs Elizabeth Abok, Chairperson, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Women wing, Kaduna State chapter, on Friday identified child-spacing as a path toward producing a healthy, vibrant and successful family life.
Abok said this in Zaria, Kaduna State, at a UNICEF workshop themed: “Demand Creation for Child Survival and Development’’.
She said that child-spacing would avail the mother the opportunity to regain her strength and health, ready for another pregnancy.
Abok said: “If you want to have a healthy, vibrant and successful family, you have to plan very well because such plan helps the mother to actually prepare herself for subsequent birth.
“That is why UNICEF is bringing us back together again, we have been having series of meetings, workshops and seminars helping the mothers and fathers to see to a successful family life.”
She appealed to couples to take advantage of child-spacing to facilitate production of agile and viably productive children who would positively contribute to national growth and development.
According to her, CAN has been doing its best to educate people on the importance of child-spacing through its grassroots mobilisers (the chairpersons at local government levels).
“Our grassroots mobilisers move from zone to zone, community to community and Church to Church, sensitising people and bringing out figures; that is what we are doing and a lot has been done in that respect.”
The chairperson stressed the need for mothers to exclusively breastfeed their babies for first six consecutive months to ensure children healthy growth devoid of incessant sickness.
Furthermore, Abok called on women to always ensure clean and tidy environment for healthy and happy family.