By Jimoh Ahmed, Owo
Stakeholders in the Ondo North Senatorial District have lauded the decision of the State Government to increase maternity leave from three to six months, saying the action has shown that government has proved not to be insensitive to pains of nursing mothers, especially those who have just put to bed, and the new born.
A local government worker, Mrs Taiwo Abanise, while commending Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, CON, for the gesture this, said the governor has gone beyond the ordinary to make life easy for nursing mothers who need to take good care of their new born babies.
Taiwo said, by this, female workers need not habour needless worries of giving their children the desired care during the first six months of putting to bed.
A retired teacher, Chief (Mrs) Adewake Adenike who lauded the policy said it will bring good health to the nursing mothers before resumption for work after delivery.
In his own views, a retired school principal from Isua Akoko, Mr Jide Afolabi, said that very few female workers who will benefit from the new policy should give their utmost dedication and commitment to their job immediately after they resume from maternity leave.
Afolabi, however, called on governments in the country and the Ondo State Government, to always implement good policies that with make life better for both workers and the entire citizenry.
Contributing, a senior health worker in charge of Afin Akoko Basic Health Centre, Mrs Modupe Olowoyeye disclosed that the six months leave is a blessing to mothers to breastfeed their children for six months as this will give the children immunity and stable health.
Olowoyeye said nursing mothers’ health will also improve thereby giving them enough ground to face challenges in their primary assignments.