Monday, September 12, 2011

Maternity leave not materialized...

The constitution of the Kingdom of Bhutan, Article 9 section 13 states:

The State shall endeavour to ensure the right to rest and leisure, including reasonable limitation of working hours and periodic holidays with pay.

With this constitutional Provision in my mind, and health advocacy which states exclusive six months breastfeeding is necessary i would like to share my opinions hereunder. It is unhealthy even to feed water to the child who is yet not six months, forget about the bottle feeding. The reason for such precaution is that, unhealthy micro-organism would infect the child.

Our neighbor country, Bangladesh, initiated six months paid maternity leave to "combat malnutrition and for mental and physical growth of the child." ( Lucky Wangmo: bussiness Bhutan). Not that we have to do what others are doing, but we have to learn from them. Copy paste and following the role model is a different story! Therefore, our government need to extend the maternity leave. But it is quite sad that they didn't yet approved the proposal of four months leave, forget about the six months leave.

Pregnant women needs enough rest and moral support for the healthy child, advocates the health program in BBS TV but is it happening in reality? We must ask and answer it. They advocate so, not because they don't have any other works to do. They advocate, thinking that if it can bring up any positive impact on the societies.

Echoes of crying baby at home reflects at office. In a way, they can bunk the office and reach home. It is the motherly love. They can't spare a moment in the office when their breast filled with milk starts to tickle off the milk. It is not that they are not committed or dedicated civil servant. But it is the call of the moment, more appropriately child-mother relationship. It is really though in the nuclear family setting, and more difficult to find a babysitter. 

Not only for the mother but paternity leave must be revisited too. Despite it being mentioned as two weeks in breast feeding policy, fathers are not getting enough leave to support his wife and child, morally or substantively. 

National Nutrition, Infant and Young Child Survey in 2009 found a sad result. Only 10.4% of infants were exclusively breast fed for six months and 36.9% to four months. Did our health officials targeted the advocacies only to that segment of the society? The roaring answer is "NO!!!" Then, why it happened? The answer is within us. We must receive the blessing of the answer where it would be of legally constitutional, and healthily healthy.  

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