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Dettol Canvasses Proper Hygiene For Nursing Mothers


The World’s leading consumer health and hygiene company, Reckitt Benckiser (RB) makers of Dettol has urged nursing mothers to embrace good hygiene practice during breast-feeding. This was reiterated upon at a Breast-feeding workshop, titled ‘Sustaining Development Together’ which was carried out in partnership with Save Our Children International, Nigeria Branch, at Shomolu, Lagos, recently.

This event was organized to mark the World Breast-Feeding Week which is celebrated between August 1st and 7th in more than 170 countries. It had in attendance over 500 nursing mothers from the Shomolu local Government in Lagos, Nigeria, and they were taught proper hygiene for themselves, their babies and the whole family. They were also each given Dettol antiseptic liquid, and a book on hygiene to help practice this.

According to the Marketing Director, RB, West Africa, Aliza Leferink,at RB, we reach an average of 700 thousand mothers yearly through our New Mum’s Programme where we educate about proper hygiene for mothers and their babies”.


“Breast Feeding is all about giving babies a healthy life, and at RB, we are committed to providing products such as Dettol Antiseptic Liquid and Dettol Soap that can help mothers have healthier lives and happy homes”.

She went on to add, “Hygiene is very important when it comes to eliminating illnesses, and nursing mothers should always wash their hands and clean themselves up before breast feeding their kids.

Reckitt Benckiser is proud to partner with the Save The Children in “The Stop Diarrhea Initiative” (SDI), and educating nursing mothers on proper breastfeeding habits is a part of that”.

Also, speaking at the event, the Chief of Party, Stop Diarrhea Initiative, Save the Children International, Nigeria Chapter, Mr. David Atamewalen stated that,

“It is good to breast feed babies in the first 6 months after delivery. I appeal to all men to encourage and support their wives to breast feed their babies exclusively for the first 6 months of life. When they do this, their babies will not come down with diarrhea, cholera, and other illnesses”.

On the other hand, the Advocacy Advisor, Save The Children International Nigeria chapter, Mrs. Folake Kuti, elucidated more on the breast-feeding campaign.

Breast Feeding should be encouraged in organizations. Men are implored to give their support to the success of breast feeding in their various capacities. We are celebrating this year’s Breast Feeding Week to remind us that we still have a long way to go in terms of babies dying of diarrhea and cholera”.

At the event, participants were also taught proper hand washing steps to ensure they stay germ free, and how to clean their environments with Dettol Antiseptic Liquid.

RB’s vision is a world where people are healthier and live better. The company purpose is to make a difference by giving people innovative solutions for healthier lives and happier homes. Over the years, RB Nigeria, has been in collaboration with Federal Ministry of Health, Nigerian Medical Association and Save the Children International to actively and consistently promote the message of good health and hygiene in Nigeria.

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What Can We Do To End Child Labor in Nigeria?


UNICEF defines Child labor is work that is mentally, physically, socially or morally dangerous and harmful to children and deprives them of opportunities for schooling and development. According to the International Labour Organization, the number of working children under the age of 14 in Nigeria is estimated at 15 million. These jobs include being street vendors, beggars, car washers or watchers and shoe shiners. Others work as apprentice mechanics, hairdressers and bus conductors while a large number work as domestic servants and farm hands.

Major causes of child labor are widespread poverty, rapid urbanization, breakdown in extended family affiliations, secondary school drop out rates, and lack of enforcement of legal instruments meant to protect children.

Although the main cause of child labor is Poverty, illiteracy also plays a role in Child labor. There are a lot of mothers on Lagos road that are seen begging with their children that are supposed to be in school. In the northern part there are a lot of cases of underage children being given up for marriage.


While some find themselves working because they become the breadwinner in their family either due to the death of their parents or illnesses beyond their control.  In Nigeria the people that are most affected by child labor are girls.

Just last month  16 children were rescued in the state from the various places where they were being used as laborers instead of their being in school in Ekiti State. Recently a 16-year old orphan nearly lost her life following a heavy bleeding consequent upon an incomplete abortion sponsored by her benefactor  where she was working as his house maid.

Just last month also a pregnant mother of two reportedly beat her eight year old house help until the girl died. You would wonder what can an eight year old child that probably can’t even take care of herself do in terms of housework? There are so many more stories that we have not even heard of.

The devastating part to child labor is the fact that it has long lasting effects on the children. Most of this children because they did not get to have adequate education end up as illiterates and drop outs doing odd jobs with no stable income. While most of the girls end up as prostitutes or teenage mothers due to the exposure that they experience everyday, the boys end up as street urchins terrorizing and causing havoc all over the place.

The effect of child labor does not only affect the child, it affects the society in general.  It is already hard enough in the country for people who had access to education not to talk of those without adequate education.

It would shock you to know that in Nigeria there are already laws laid down to protect children called the Child Rights Act that states that:

Buying, selling, hiring or otherwise dealing in children for purpose of begging, hawking, prostitution or for unlawful immoral purposes are made punishable by long terms of imprisonment. Other offences considered grave include sexual abuse, general exploitation which is prejudicial to the welfare of the child, recruitment into the armed forces and the importation /exposure of children to harmful publications. It further preserves the continued application of all criminal law provisions securing the protection of the child whether born or unborn.

The Act mandates parents, guardians, institutions and authorities in whose care children are placed, to provide the necessary guidance, education and training to enable the children live up to these responsibilities.

The Child Right Act (CRA) considers a child as a person below the age of 18 years (SECTION 21 of the CRA). It also states that a child’s best interest should be of utmost priority in any case involving a child (section 1 of the CRA 2003).

Even with the law already laid down it is a wonder that child labor is still very rampant in Nigeria infact you can’t step out of your house in the morning without seeing a child begging or hawking on the road while their counterparts are in school. The question we then have to ask ourselves as a community is what can we do to help and how can we stop child labor in Nigeria?

The first step to putting an end to Child Labor is for us to realize that it is not just up to one person, we are all responsible for putting an end to it. Although we have laws prohibiting child labor in Nigeria, child labor is still on the increase because there is no enforcement and defaulters are not made to face the wrath of the law.

 

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