By Chidi Nkwopara
OWERRI – Nursing mothers have been advised to embrace exclusive breastfeeding since it is fundamental to the growth, development and health of children and their mothers.
A renowned medical practitioner and retired Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Dr.Â Joy Njemanze, gave the advice at a one day forum organized by UNICEF in collaboration with Social Mobilization Technical Committee (SOMTEC) in Orie Uratta, Owerri North local council area of Imo State.
â€œExclusive breastfeeding supplies all necessary nutrients for babyâ€™s growth in the first six months in the right proportion and at the right temperature, as well as protection of the baby from infection and illnessâ€, Njemanze said.
While saying that 10 new cases of malaria are recorded in Nigeria every second, theÂ medical doctor also lamented that three out of 10 deaths in children are due to malaria.
Speaking earlier, the Imo SOMTEC boss, Mrs. Ngozi Dike, appealed to town union executives, traditional rulers and mothers to partner with UNICEF in its current crusade to eliminate child killer diseases in the country.
In his own submission, the State Director, National Orientation Agency (NOA), Mr. Vitus Ekeocha, that the six key priority areas of child survival and protection, if well understood and if communities evolve some community norms in relation to them, will become part of behavior of people in such communities.