Dr Moses Ohamaeme, Cluster Coordinator representing the World Health Organisation and the United Nations agencies in Anambra, says that a baby who is exclusively breastfed can also fall sick.
Ohamaeme made the assertion at the ongoing 2022 World Breastfeeding Week at Maternal and Child Healthcare Centre, Amawbia, Awka, on Friday.
World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) is observed from August 1 to 7 every year.
It was first started in 1992 to promote the benefits of breastfeeding on both mother and the baby.
The theme for this year’s commemoration – “Step Up for Breastfeeding: Educate and Support.
” He said: “Exclusive breastfeeding protects your baby from all kinds of illnesses, but sometimes your baby gets sick anyway.
“It is still possible that your baby will come down with a cold or infection.
And if that happens, make sure you take the baby to the hospital for proper diagnosis and treatment.
“Mothers must make sure that they give their babies prescribed medication while they continue to breastfeed.
Medication does not deter exclusive breastfeeding.
” Also speaking, Dr Chioma Ezenyimulu, the Executive Secretary, Anambra State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, said that exclusive breastfeeding would help eradicate childhood malnutrition in the state.
“Breastfeeding has many health benefits for both moms and babies.
For mothers, breastfeeding reduces their risk of ovarian cancer and breast cancer.
“For babies, breast milk contains nutrients your baby needs for growth and development.
It also protects your baby against infections and diseases.
“I urge mothers to see breastfeeding as a duty because it is the most effective measures for ensuring a child’s health and survival,” she said.
According to the World Health Organisation and the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), baby should be breastfed within an hour of birth and this should continue for the first six months of the child’s Life and given no other food or drinks, including water.
The Anambra State Primary Healthcare Development Agency (ASPHCDA), says that the rate of exclusive breastfeeding in the state increased from 17 per cent in 2018 to 27 per cent in 2022.Dr Chioma Ezenyimulu, Executive Secretary of the agency made the disclosure at the opening of the 2022 World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) at the Maternal and Child Health Centre, Amawbia in Awka, on Thursday.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that WBW is celebrated on Aug. 1 to Aug. 7 every year, to raise awareness and galvanise actions to promote exclusive breastfeeding.
The theme for this year’s commemoration – ‘Step Up for Breastfeeding: Educate and Support’.
Ezenyimulu said that Anambra recorded an increase in the rate of exclusive breastfeeding due to intensified awareness and counseling programmes at health facilities.
“The figure of 27 per cent is still low and below the national target of 50 per cent by 2025.“We are calling on residents to become advocates of exclusive breastfeeding and support mothers to practice optimal breastfeeding.
“The practice of exclusive breast feeding will ensure the provision of vital and adequate nutrients required for healthy and maximal growth and development as well as eradication of childhood malnutrition in the state, ” she said.
Also speaking, Dr Afam Obidike, state’s Commissioner for Health, said that the efforts of the current administration were geared towards the promotion of maternal and child survival strategies.
Obidike urged fathers to support their breastfeeding wives as exclusive breastfeeding could be exhausting for mothers.
“A mother needs to be psychologically, physically and emotionally balanced to breastfeed optimally.
Therefore, fathers should be there to provide all that the woman needs,” he said.
In his remarks Dr Moses Ohamaeme, Cluster Coordinator representing the World Health Organisation and United Nations agencies, said that exclusively breastfed children become healthy and productive adults.
According to him, such children are protected from severe complications arising from childhood killer diseases.
The Commissioner for Health in Anambra, Dr Afam Obisike, has advised nursing mothers in the state not to relent in giving exclusive breastfeeding to their newborn because of its numerous health benefits.
Obidike gave the advice in Awka on Wednesday during a newsbriefing to herald the 2022 World Breastfeeding Week. He said that exclusive breastfeeding helps to protect the child from ovarian cancer, diarrhea, heart diseases and pneumonia, among other diseases.
According to him, the practice also helps to protect the nursing mothers from diseases and reduces infant morbidity and maternal mortality.
Obidike was represented at the briefing by Dr Chioma Ezenyimulu, the Executive Secretary of the state Primary Healthcare Development Agency.
He said that non-adherence to exclusive breastfeeding exposes children to sicknesses, which often result in infant mortality.
The commissioner said that the state had made significant improvement in the nutrition of children since 2018. “UNICEF reported that about 60 per cent of the world’s infants are missing in the recommended first six months of exclusive breastfeeding,” he said.
He further said that the World Breastfeeding Week, celebrated from August 1 to 7 every year to encourage breastfeeding, is intended to improve the children’s wellbeing.
Speaking on the activities of ASPHDA, Ezenyimulu said that the agency would also organise a programme for nursing mothers.
She said that commodities and bed nets would be distributed free of charge during the programme.
The ASPHDA boss said that the celebration would be devoted to informing people about their role in strengthening the bond between mother and child.
She expressed delight that the state had moved from 14 per cent to nine per cent in the number of children under five with stunted growth.
She said that the week-long event would be launched on Thursday, August 4 by Gov. Chukwuma Soludo.
The Anambra Primary Healthcare Development Agency (ASPHCDA) says about 643,658 residents have been fully vaccinated against the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
The Executive Secretary of the agency, Dr Chioma Ezenyimulu, made the disclosure at the commencement of the first round of 2022 Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Week (MNCH) on Wednesday in Awka. Ezenyimulu said there was the need to sustain all COVID-19 prevention protocols in spite of the success recorded in the state in terms of vaccination against the disease.
She added that “there is need to maintain all the COVID-19 prevention protocols which are also strategic in the prevention of monkeypox virus currently in circulation globally.
“I also want to announce that the state will roll out the SCALES initiative for COVID-19 mass vaccination beginning from Monday.
“SCALES initiative was first introduced in November 2021 by the National Primary Health Care Development Agency.
“It is to rapidly ramp up COVID-19 vaccine coverage by expanding access to the vaccines outside the health facility.
“We appeal to all eligible residents that are yet to receive their vaccination to go to the nearest COVID-19 site and get vaccinated.
”Earlier, the Commissioner for Health, Dr Afam Obidike, said the commemoration of the MNCH week would help to reduce maternal and child mortality, as well as increase health education among the populace.
He said that the Gov. Charles Soludo-led administration invested in interventions such as nutrition screening, Vitamin A, birth registration, family planning and distribution of long-lasting insecticide treated nets.
“Other interventions are deworming, antenatal care, routine immunisation for children between ages 0 and 5, yellow fever vaccination, HIV counselling and testing services.
“We advise mothers and caregivers to avail themselves of the opportunities provided by the MNCH week by ensuring that their children receive these interventions.
“We also call on our pregnant women and women of child bearing age to visit primary healthcare facilities to access health care services,” Obidike said.
The Anambra State Primary Healthcare Development Agency says it plans to establish Nutrition centres to address the problems of malnutrition in the state.
Dr Chioma Ezenyimulu, Executive Secretary of the Agency, disclosed this at the on-going 2022 Revised Budget defence before the State House of Assembly Committee on Finance and Appropriation on Friday in Awka.
Ezenyimulu said that the centres would be located in three Local Government Areas(LGAs) with high rate of malnutrition in the three senatorial zones of the state.
She identified Awka North, Ihiala and Onitsha North as the endemic areas.
“Nutrition is one of our major programmes in the agency and the Federal Government gave us ready- to-use therapeutic foods for the treatment of acute malnutrition in children.
“Establishing these zonal nutrition centres is one of the criteria to get these therapeutic foods from the federal government.
“Other LGAs in the state can refer cases to these centres when they are fully set up.
“It was captured in our budget and we hope that funds will be released to implement the project,” she said.
The executive secretary said that the state in collaboration with partners conducted a survey on malnutrition in children where the LGAs were identified as endemic.
The Anambra Commissioner for Health, Dr Afam Obidike, has advised women and families to embracefamily planning to cope with economic hardships.
He made the call at The Challenge Initiative (TCI) End of Project Dissemination Meeting and launch of the Family Planning CostImplementation Plan on Friday in Awka with the theme “Journey Towards State Government Self-Reliance and Chronicles ofSustainable Impact at Scale for Reproductive Health in Anambra.”
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), family planning is the ability of individuals and couples to anticipateand attain their desired number of children and spacing and timing of their births, achieved through the use of contraceptives.
Obidike said that family planning was widely recognised as one of the most cost-effective health interventions as it save livesand improves maternal and child health.
According to him, family planning services also allows individuals to achieve desired birth spacing and family size.
He explained that “economic hardship is affecting some families, especially those with many children that they cannot cater for.
“This is why we are urging families to adopt family planning to attain a higher quality of life because they will have the opportunityto prevent pregnancies, plan and space their children as desired.
“Family planning prevents birth-related complications for both mother and child and has the long-term benefits of empoweringwomen and reducing poverty.
“Families that have the number of children they can afford to train are able to devote more time and resources to providingthem with adequate food, education, clothing, shelter and other necessities.”
The commissioner commended the TCI project team as they had built the capacity of health workers and assisted in the areasof family planning data and research in the state.
He said the state government would take family planning services to the 21 local government areas to save lives, improve thehealth and wellbeing of women, families and communities.
The Country Director of TCI, Dr Victor Igharo, said the project was to support the state government in achieving increased uptake of family planning.
He said that “in Nigeria, for about five years, we have implemented and supported states to build platforms and structures to improve family planningindicators.
“We hope the skills acquired will support and enable the state governments to approach family planning issues for increased impact and sustainability.”
Dr Chioma Ezenyimulu, the Executive Secretary, Anambra Primary Healthcare Development Agency, said family planning commodities andconsumables were provided free in accr
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The Anambra government said it would start a five-day outbreak response vaccination against circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2), statewide from April 9-13.
Dr. Chioma Ezenyimulu, Executive Secretary of the Anambra State Primary Health Care Development Agency, made the revelation during a press conference in Awka on Thursday.
Ezenyimulu said that children under the age of five would be vaccinated against cVDPV2, with two drops of Oral Polio Vaccine, regardless of their immunization status.
“We targeted around 1,984,703 children between zero and fifty-nine (0-59) months of age, to receive the new oral polio vaccine.
“Of the 1,984,703, 474,619 children will receive the Routine Immunization Antigens that include the Inactivated Polio Vaccine (IPV), according to the schedule.
“The vaccination exercise is very important to maintain the wild polio virus-free status of the country.
“This type 2 circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus can mutate into a form that can cause paralysis just like wild poliovirus if its circulation is not intercepted by vaccination within a one-year or one-year period. and six months,” he said. he said she.
Ezenyimulu said the new oral polio vaccine would be administered at mobile posts such as churches, schools, markets, car parks, town squares, transit points, homes and wherever children are.
According to her, routine immunization would also be offered at designated health facilities.
The executive secretary urged mothers and caregivers to take out their children and wards who are within the age range to receive the vaccine to ensure protection against the virus.
She said the state government, in collaboration with the World Health Organization, were fully committed to ensuring that no eligible children are lost to the state.
He also promised that the government will provide adequate security to ensure the safety of healthcare workers in high-risk local government areas of the state.
“High-risk areas include: Ihiala, Nnewi South, Ayamelum, Anambra East and West, Ekwusigo and Oyi. Security will be provided to health workers to ensure the proper performance of their duties.
“Additional logistical support will also be provided for those at the Idemili North and Awka North LGAs,” he said.