ENSG commences exclusive breastfeeding sensitisation



ENSG commences exclusive breastfeeding sensitisation

The Enugu State Government says it has commenced a massive exclusive breastfeeding sensitisation across the state so as to eliminate stunted growth among infants and children.

Dr George Ugwu, Executive Secretary, Enugu State Primary Health Care Development Agency (ENSPHCDA), disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria in Enugu on Thursday.

Ugwu spoke on the background of the ongoing commemoration of this year’s “World Breastfeeding Week”, which holds between Aug.1 and Aug. 7.

He said government after meeting with its health partners deployed state and local government health and exclusive breastfeeding educators to the Primary Healthcare Centres (PHC) and trained local health focal persons and volunteers on exclusive breastfeeding messages.

The executive secretary said that the move was to ensure that mothers, especially nursing mothers apply exclusive breastfeeding properly as well as take all necessary vaccination to reduce the health burden of infants within the state.

According to him, the ongoing massive sensitisation at PHC centres and other public places and gatherings on proper exclusive breastfeeding is to complement what Mrs Monica Ugwuanyi is already doing.

“It is clear that a properly exclusively breastfed infant will be highly protected from all forms of sicknesses, known or unknown as well as the newly emerging ones like the novel COVID-19.

“Breastfeeding is highly beneficial to the infant and the mother.

“So, government and its partners through ENSPHCDA has started a massive sensitisation in PHC centres and rural public places to teach our people the best way to ensure exclusive breastfeeding and its immense benefit to the family, community and state.

“It is clear, with empirical evidence, that exclusive breastfeeding and complete immunization will help babies to live very healthy, strong and have fast growth and development,’’ he said.

Ugwu also said that the sensitisation was not only restricted to nursing mothers but to all family members, community and religious leaders as well as local government officials.

He stressed the importance of early initiation of breastfeeding of the child within the first one hour of birth, and exclusively, running for six months.

The executive secretary said that there was need to introduce solid food after six months to complement continuous exclusive breastfeeding, meant to last for two years or beyond.

“Mothers breast milk contain antibodies that help babies fight viruses and bacteria, as well as lower babies’ risk of having asthma or allergies,’’ he said.

NAN reports that the theme of this year’s World Breastfeeding Week is: “Support Breastfeeding for a Healthier Planet.’’

Edited By: Abdullahi Mohammed/Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)

Short Link:

Stanley Nwanosike

Stanley Nwanosike: NNN is a Nigerian online news portal that publishes breaking news in Nigeria, and across the world. We are honest, fair, accurate, thorough and courageous in gathering, reporting and interpreting news in the best interest of the public, because truth is the cornerstone of journalism and we strive diligently to ascertain the truth in every news report. Contact: editor @ Disclaimer.

Kano Govt to inaugurate waste recycling project, create 4,000 jobs –official FG delegation to visit Ghana over Nigerian/Ghanaian traders’ conflict NGX opens week upbeat with N59bn growth Kwara launches interest-free loans for young entrepreneurs Only FG can guarantee financial autonomy for judiciary, says SAN FG declares Wednesday, Thursday, as Public Holidays to mark Eid-eI-Fitr celebration Army debunks alleged deployment of only Northern officers to S/East Buhari congratulates designer of National Flag, Michael Akinkunmi at 85 INEC increases polling units in Anambra to 5,720 U17 World cup winner, Nwakali may switch allegiance, says Agent Farming, skill acquisition, solutions to security challenges- ex-NCPC boss Malami donates car, 24 motorbikes to Ulamas Norway may ditch AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson jabs I don’t have links with bandits, say retired Gen. Abdulsalam Abubakar Amaechi inaugurates 11-member committee to probe activities of NPA India’s IT hub Bengaluru, rural areas struggling with virus surge NiMet predicts 3 days cloudiness, sunshine Minister Lauds Lalong for sports development initiatives Senate says MDAs yet to remit over N3trn FG committed to workers’ welfare – APC Scribe Gov. Bello calls for prayers to end insecurity Edo revenue board warns against illegal tax collection Tackling youth unemployment By Timi Olubiyi COVID-19: Buhari cancels Sallah homage to Presidential Villa PEF to encourage petroleum products transport by rail Bird flu: Hong Kong suspends import of poultry products from Poland General Abdulsalami Dismisses News Linking Him To Purported Arrested Helicopter Education board trains 600 Ekiti teachers FRSC solicits motorists’ support to minimise crashes Rugby Africa Women’s Sevens Solidarity Camp Tunis – Final report of the two-day tournament Neymar extends PSG deal until 2025 Ogun Govt., Private Firms Empower 100 Youths Coronavirus – Nigeria: COVID-19 case update (May 8, 2021) Okowa mourns ex-minister Aisha Alhassan Ogun Govt. Re-Affirms Commitment To Boost Agric Sector UNIBEN warns admission seekers against racketeers Video press release: Rugby Africa 7-a-side solidarity camp – Day 2 “I believe in united Nigeria, not secession” — Umahi Walscheid takes the 8th place of the Qhubeka ASSOS team during the first stage of the Giro d’Italia US, foundation empower school girls with technological skills Gunmen attack police stations in Rivers kill 7 officers Police arrest 8 suspected kidnappers in Osun INEC engages stakeholders on polling points’ conversion in Oyo Opening remarks by the WHO DG at African emergency meeting on the COVID-19 situation Coronavirus – Zimbabwe: COVID-19 update (May 7, 2021) Ramadan: RMAFC Chairman Mbam urges Nigerians to be tolerant, brothers’ keepers B-roll: African rugby teams meet to prepare for the Olympics and Olympic draft – Day 1 Troops foil kidnap attempt, kill 1 bandit in Kaduna D’banj leads Nigeria to Motorsport Championships Super league – FIFA chief Infantino: “We need to face the problems in football together”