GOVERNMENT SENSITISE WOMEN ON HOW TO RAISE SMART BABIES
By Obiageli Nwankwo/Ifeoma Aniagbado
Awka, Sept. 6, 2018 (MOI) A maternal skills conference for women in service on how to give birth and raise smart children was organised in Awka.
The conference was organised by Anambra State Government in collaboration with Diligent Care for Creative Intelligent Development (DCCID) in consultative status with United Nations (UN).
The Commissioner for Health, Dr Joe Akabuike said the programme was organised to sensitise prospective mothers on how to enhance unborn child’s cognitive development toward growth as citizens with positive healthy minds.
He noted that the programme was in consonance with Gov. Willie Obiano’s effort at giving efficient heath service delivery at the grassroots.
``The main objective of this conference is to ensure that over the next three to four years, babies that are born in the state will be of high `Intelligence Quotient (IQ)’.
``Imagine what the state will look like, if in the next three to four years children born in the state are of high intelligence quotient,” Akabuike said
The commissioner was represented by Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the Governor on Health, Kate Edozie.
``We need babies as intelligent as our girls who broke records in August by winning Gold Medal at 2018 Technovation World Pitch Challenge in California, U.S.,’’ noted the commissioner.
``The level of a child’s IQ is dependent, to a large extent, on the mother and the preparation that she makes before, during and after pregnancy.
``So, the state Government deemed it necessary to sensitise mothers on skills to ensure they have smart babies of high IQ,” he said.
Commissioner for Children and Women Affairs represented by SSA to Governor, Onyeka Ebenebe, said that the programme was set out to achieve integration and make high impact in maternal skills and education for newborn babies.
A resource person at the conference Olukolade Phillip Oladisi said that pregnancy was a period when life develops in the mother’s womb.
``Hence, mothers have an enormous responsibility to see that the baby has the entire enabling environment it needs to develop into a healthy baby.
``Mothers should endeavour to eat the right diet, be free from infection and diseases, be stress-free, talk and sing songs to foetus and avoid alcohol and smoking.
``All these stimulate and develop the
foetus‘brain to function in an extra ordinary way,’’ Oladisi said. (MOI)