By David Odama
LAFIA – THE contributions of United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF), non governmental organizations and civil society groups in highlighting the importance of breast milk to children has been identified as a critical factor responsible for the reduction in the child mortality and modality.
The Nasarawa state Executive Chairman, of the state primary health care development agency, Dr Mohammed Adis made the exertion in Akwanga local government of the state at a press briefing to kickstart the 2018 World breastfeeding day. Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) has
It would be recalled that the annual event iscelebrated every year from August 1st to 7th of august to promote exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months, encouraged health benefits, provides critical nutrients, protection from deadly diseases.
The theme of the 2018 celebration is ‘Breastfeeding, the foundation for Life’.
Adis represented by Director of Primary Health Care in the agency, Dr Absalom Madawa lauded said the workshops, trainings and advocacy efforts organised by the UNICEF, CSOs and other stakeholders has immensely changed the mindset of people in the state especially in the grassroots on six months exclusive breastfeeding for new born children.
“One major partner we have had so far who has always been there harping on the importance of breast milk and exclusive breast feeding is UNICEF. We have other organizations who have also played vital roles in enlightening the importance of this cause to our society,” He said.
The executive chairman also praised the media for the contribution put in through the vital impact of breast milk especially exclusive breast feeding to children.
“One critical stakeholders is the press because whatever we do, the press play a major role. Whatever activity we are doing on nutrition, we need the press to publicize all part of the success story we are witnessing,” He said.
Adis revealed that activities lined up to commemorate the week includes radio, television talk shows all through the week, a road walk on Thursday, advocacy visit to the Emir of Lafia, Dr Isa Mustapha-Agwai, symposium for healthcare workers among others.
The chairman however appealed to mothers and care givers not to mix breast milk with water after giving birth so as not to inflict malnutrition on a child which will expose a child to sicknesses and make the child to lose weight.