By Abdullahi Kano
Child spacing has been described as an effective way of maintaining the good health of the mother and the baby, as well as improving the health status of both mother and child.
An Islamic scholar in Dr Hafizu Sani Abubakar stated this on Wednesday at a round table discussion with stakeholders in Kano on the perception of Islam in child spacing.
He said Islam has stated clearly the need for parents to space between one birth and the other with the aim of enhancing maternal health.
Dr Hafizu Sani Abubakar maintained that Islam permitted its followers to plan for the number of children a person would be able to cater for, so as to avoid giving birth to children that cannot be catered for, which resulted to children roaming the streets without adequate parental care.
The Islamic cleric noted that child spacing plays a vital role in the aspect of providing a nutritious diet to the children as well as the moral upbringing of children.
He advised parents and married couples to embrace the attitude of child birth spacing targeted at ensuring a healthy maternal life of both the mother and the baby.
Earlier the coordinator of the non-governmental organisation named the challenge initiative TCI, malam Musa Abdullahi Sufi said researches have revealed that spacing between births for at least two years and above improved the health of the mother.
He explained that the baby would also have nutritious breast feeding from the mother which help immensely on the upbringing of the baby.
Musa Abdullahi Sufi pointed out that child birth spacing helps parents to determine the number of children couples needed in order to ensure that they provided adequate parental care to them .
He advised married couples to embrace the culture of child birth spacing with the aim of curbing the menace of unproductive population in the country.