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Breastfeeding’s received boost in Anambra – Obidike

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Breastfeeding week begins today

BREASTFEEDING plays an important role in the healthy growth and development of a child. It has long-term benefits for babies lasting right into adulthood. Any amount of breast milk has a positive effect. The longer you breastfeed, the longer the protection lasts and the greater the benefits. In Anambra we have boosted breastfeeding.

  Anambra State Commissioner for Health, Dr Afam Obidike stated this in media chat to mark 2022 World Breastfeeding Week Celebration, themed “Step Up for Breastfeeding, Educate and Support,” held at the Anambra State Primary Healthcare Development Agency (ASPHCDA), Conference Hall, Awka.

The commissioner, who was represented by the Executive Secretary and Chief Executive Officer of ASPHCDA, Dr. Chioma Ezenyimulu noted that the event is done to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of children across the globe, adding  that it commemorates the innocent declaration signed in 1990 by government policymakers, UNICEF and organisations to protect, promote and support breastfeeding.

“The focus this year is to inform and empower the actors in order to strengthen their capacity to provide and sustain a breastfeeding friendly environment for families in a post-pandemic world so that we can step up for breastfeeding.”

“Our overall goal is to reduce infant, maternal morbidity and mortality. By this, we inform people about their role in strengthening the warm chain of support for breastfeeding. Anchor on the relevance of breastfeeding as part of good nutrition, food securing and reduction of inequalities. Engage with individuals and organisations along the warm chain of support for breastfeeding and galvanise action on strengthening the capacity of actors and systems for transformational change.”

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The commissioner while acknowledging that 14 per cent of under five population in Anambra are stunted, 2 per cent wasted and 6 per cent overweight due to improper breastfeeding practices highlighted the advocacy visit made by ASPHCDA to 200 public and private maternity hospitals in March 2022 to revitalise baby friendly hospitals and 21 facilities to improve the health of children and to increase Anambra breastfeeding indices from 27 per cent to at least 45 per cent by the end of 2023.

 Meanwhile Governor Chukwuma Soludo will flag off this year’s World Breastfeeding Week Celebration at Maternity and Child Healthcare Centre, Amawbia, Awka South, L.G.A today

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