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Ogun Harps On Exclusive Breast Feeding

Posted: Aug 11, 2016 at 6:07 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Chioma Umeha

Lagos-Ogun State government has charged stakeholders in the health sector across the state to intensify efforts at promoting exclusive breast feeding among lactating and expectant mothers.
Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, gave this charge during the commemoration of this year’s World Breast Feeding Week celebration organised by the Ogun State Primary Health Care Development Board, Abeokuta.
The governor who was represented by the Commissioner of Health, Dr. Babatunde Ipaye, said that there must be improved information dissemination to mothers on the need for exclusive breast feeding which had been stagnant at 17 per cent since 2013, for this to be achieved.

He added: “If breast feeding was properly done there will be brain development, parental bonding which will produce cluster of people with intellectual capability and psychomotor activity which will globally lead to productivity and growth.”
He further explained that promoting exclusive breast feeding effectively would enable mothers embrace the practice; ultimately, this will help children to develop their full potentials and lead to the enhancement of the country’s economic growth.

Commenting, a Consultant paediatrician, Federal Medical Centre (FMC) Abeokuta, Dr. Morufat Ogundeyi, said: “Breast milk contains 88 per cent of water and it is the primary source of nutrition for babies which saves at least 1.3 million lives annually likewise prevents child hood killer diseases among the children.”

Dr. Ogundeyi also urged all stakeholders to assist mothers in promoting exclusive breast feeding by providing necessary assistance and enabling environment.

This, he said, will make the practice to not only thrive, but also prevent malnutrition and untimely death of children under five years old.