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  •  A global nutrition initiative Alive amp Thrive and the Kaduna State Government say they are mobiliding nutrition stakeholders to promote exclusive breastfeeding in the state The event was to commemorate the 2022 World Breastfeeding Week with the theme Step up for Breastfeeding Educate and Support The stakeholders comprise Civil Society Organisations community leaders development partners state ministries departments and agencies NAFDAC healthcare workers and the media At the nutrition community engagement forum in Kaduna Mrs Sarah Kwasu Kaduna State Team Lead of Alive amp Thrive said the community engagement forum would provide opportunity for stakeholders at different levels in society to interact and share ideas She said the forum would also avail them the opportunity to share successes best practices opportunities challenges and to further collaborate in bridging the existing gaps on breastfeeding in their various communities She noted that the forum would inform engage and galvanise all the stakeholders to step up for breastfeeding by protecting promoting and supporting the act in their various capacities in the society and their homes Kwasu explained that exclusively breastfeeding infants breastmilk only during the first six months of life was one of the essential actions for infant development and survival She said the meeting had set new motivation for breastfeeding campaign in Kaduna state She said they were pleased to work closely with the state s Ministry of Health Primary Healthcare Development Agency and other partners in commemorating the WBW We look forward to incorporating recommendations from the forum into our programming as we work to improve maternal adolescent infant and young children nutrition in Kaduna state Kwasu said She called for the need for stakeholders at all levels to redouble their efforts in ensuring exclusive breastfeeding in the state Earlier the Kaduna State Nutrition Officer Ramatu Musa said the meeting was to highlight best practices and strategies to be used in achieving success in promoting exclusive breastfeeding in the state She said that they would outline the existing gaps challenges in practising or promoting exclusive breastfeeding amongst beneficiaries and service providers and suggest way forward We will highlight opportunities and deliberate on how to better sustain the successes made and further collaborate in bridging the existing gaps on breastfeeding in their various communities Musa said they would further develop plan of actions and get stakeholders commitment to protect promote and support exclusive breastfeeding in the state Also a nutrition specialist with UNICEF Kaduna Office Mrs Chinwe Ezeife said practising exclusive breastfeeding by nursing mothers for six months ensured proper well being of their babies Also a member of the panellist Mallam Isa Abubakar said Islam supported women to embark on exclusive breastfeeding to enhance the health of their babies According to him exclusive breastfeeding will not harm the child noting that Islam is not against it Alive amp Thrive being funded by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation recently began the second phase of its activities in Nigeria with Accelerating the Scale of Maternal Infant and Young Child Nutrition ASMIYCN Project in Kaduna and six other states NAN reports that Minister of State for Health Joseph Ekumankama had on Aug 1 inaugurated Nigeria s celebration of WBW where key stakeholders including the Minister of Women Affairs and the Senate Committee on Health attended Other stakeholders present at the event were representatives of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the UN agencies NewsSourceCredit NAN
    KDSG, NGO mobilise stakeholders to promote exclusive breastfeeding
     A global nutrition initiative Alive amp Thrive and the Kaduna State Government say they are mobiliding nutrition stakeholders to promote exclusive breastfeeding in the state The event was to commemorate the 2022 World Breastfeeding Week with the theme Step up for Breastfeeding Educate and Support The stakeholders comprise Civil Society Organisations community leaders development partners state ministries departments and agencies NAFDAC healthcare workers and the media At the nutrition community engagement forum in Kaduna Mrs Sarah Kwasu Kaduna State Team Lead of Alive amp Thrive said the community engagement forum would provide opportunity for stakeholders at different levels in society to interact and share ideas She said the forum would also avail them the opportunity to share successes best practices opportunities challenges and to further collaborate in bridging the existing gaps on breastfeeding in their various communities She noted that the forum would inform engage and galvanise all the stakeholders to step up for breastfeeding by protecting promoting and supporting the act in their various capacities in the society and their homes Kwasu explained that exclusively breastfeeding infants breastmilk only during the first six months of life was one of the essential actions for infant development and survival She said the meeting had set new motivation for breastfeeding campaign in Kaduna state She said they were pleased to work closely with the state s Ministry of Health Primary Healthcare Development Agency and other partners in commemorating the WBW We look forward to incorporating recommendations from the forum into our programming as we work to improve maternal adolescent infant and young children nutrition in Kaduna state Kwasu said She called for the need for stakeholders at all levels to redouble their efforts in ensuring exclusive breastfeeding in the state Earlier the Kaduna State Nutrition Officer Ramatu Musa said the meeting was to highlight best practices and strategies to be used in achieving success in promoting exclusive breastfeeding in the state She said that they would outline the existing gaps challenges in practising or promoting exclusive breastfeeding amongst beneficiaries and service providers and suggest way forward We will highlight opportunities and deliberate on how to better sustain the successes made and further collaborate in bridging the existing gaps on breastfeeding in their various communities Musa said they would further develop plan of actions and get stakeholders commitment to protect promote and support exclusive breastfeeding in the state Also a nutrition specialist with UNICEF Kaduna Office Mrs Chinwe Ezeife said practising exclusive breastfeeding by nursing mothers for six months ensured proper well being of their babies Also a member of the panellist Mallam Isa Abubakar said Islam supported women to embark on exclusive breastfeeding to enhance the health of their babies According to him exclusive breastfeeding will not harm the child noting that Islam is not against it Alive amp Thrive being funded by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation recently began the second phase of its activities in Nigeria with Accelerating the Scale of Maternal Infant and Young Child Nutrition ASMIYCN Project in Kaduna and six other states NAN reports that Minister of State for Health Joseph Ekumankama had on Aug 1 inaugurated Nigeria s celebration of WBW where key stakeholders including the Minister of Women Affairs and the Senate Committee on Health attended Other stakeholders present at the event were representatives of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the UN agencies NewsSourceCredit NAN
    KDSG, NGO mobilise stakeholders to promote exclusive breastfeeding
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    KDSG, NGO mobilise stakeholders to promote exclusive breastfeeding

    A global nutrition initiative, Alive & Thrive, and the Kaduna State Government, say they are mobiliding nutrition stakeholders to promote exclusive breastfeeding in the state.

    The event was to commemorate the 2022 World Breastfeeding Week with the theme: “Step up for Breastfeeding, Educate and Support.

    ” The stakeholders comprise Civil Society Organisations, community leaders, development partners, state ministries, departments and agencies, NAFDAC, healthcare workers and the media.

    At the nutrition community engagement forum in Kaduna, Mrs. Sarah Kwasu, Kaduna State Team Lead of Alive & Thrive, said the community engagement forum would provide opportunity for stakeholders at different levels in society to interact and share ideas.

    She said the forum would also avail them the opportunity to share successes, best practices, opportunities, challenges and to further collaborate in bridging the existing gaps on breastfeeding in their various communities.

    She noted that the forum would inform, engage, and galvanise all the stakeholders to step up for breastfeeding by protecting, promoting and supporting the act in their various capacities in the society and their homes.

    Kwasu explained that exclusively breastfeeding infants breastmilk only during the first six months of life was one of the essential actions for infant development and survival.

    She said the meeting had set new motivation for breastfeeding campaign in Kaduna state.

    She said they were pleased to work closely with the state’s Ministry of Health, Primary Healthcare Development Agency and other partners in commemorating the WBW.

    “We look forward to incorporating recommendations from the forum into our programming as we work to improve maternal, adolescent, infant, and young children nutrition in Kaduna state,” Kwasu said.

    She called for the need for stakeholders at all levels to redouble their efforts in ensuring exclusive breastfeeding in the state.

    Earlier, the Kaduna State Nutrition Officer, Ramatu Musa, said the meeting was to highlight best practices and strategies to be used in achieving success in promoting exclusive breastfeeding in the state.  

    She said that they would outline the existing gaps, challenges in practising or promoting exclusive breastfeeding amongst beneficiaries and service providers and suggest way forward.

    “We will highlight opportunities and deliberate on how to better sustain the successes made, and further collaborate in bridging the existing gaps on breastfeeding in their various communities.

    ”   Musa said they would further develop plan of actions, and get stakeholders commitment to protect, promote and support exclusive breastfeeding in the state.  

    Also, a nutrition specialist with UNICEF, Kaduna Office, Mrs Chinwe Ezeife, said practising exclusive breastfeeding by nursing mothers for six months ensured proper well-being of their babies.

    Also, a member of the panellist, Mallam Isa Abubakar, said Islam supported women to embark on exclusive breastfeeding to enhance the health of their babies.

    According to him, exclusive breastfeeding will not harm the child, noting that Islam is not against it.  

    Alive & Thrive, being funded by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, recently began the second phase of its activities in Nigeria with “Accelerating the Scale of Maternal, Infant, and Young Child Nutrition (ASMIYCN) Project in Kaduna and six other states.  

    NAN reports that Minister of State for Health Joseph Ekumankama had on Aug. 1, inaugurated Nigeria’s celebration of WBW, where key stakeholders, including the Minister of Women Affairs and the Senate Committee on Health attended.  

    Other stakeholders present at the event were representatives of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the UN agencies.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  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 www nanews ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Anambra commissioner educates nursing mothers on gains of breastfeeding
     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 www nanews ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Anambra commissioner educates nursing mothers on gains of breastfeeding
    General news2 months ago

    Anambra commissioner educates nursing mothers on gains of breastfeeding

    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.

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