WORLD Health Organisation (WHO), UNICEF and Anambra State Government have designated 21 health facilities in the state as baby-friendly so as to meet the national exclusive breastfeeding target of 50 percent by 2025.
Executive Secretary, Anambra State Primary Healthcare Development Agency(ASPHDA), ChiomaEzenyimulu announced this during the flag-off of the 2022 World Breastfeeding Week on Thursday.
Dr Ezenyimulu explained that the designation of the health centers is to increase awareness and highlight the huge benefits of breastfeeding to the child and the mother where it can help reduce incidence of breast cancer.
She explained that the efforts by the state government has helped to increase exclusive breastfeeding in the state from 17 to 27 per cent , adding that there is still much to be done to achieve the national target and called on every member of the society to support mothers to practice exclusive and optimal breastfeeding which will eradicate child malnutrition in the state.
Anambra Cluster Co-ordinator of WHO, Dr Moses Ohamaeme in a goodwill message on behalf of partnering United Nations’ agencies, commended the efforts of the state government towards increasing awareness on the importance of exclusive breastfeeding and assured of their support in making sure that every child is breastfed.
Transition Committee Chairman of Awka South Local Government Area, Mr Thankgod Anagor, called on men to give maximum support to their wives who are engaged in exclusive breastfeeding, adding that providing psychological and sociological support to breastfeeding mothers will help them to perform better.