Nosa Akenzua, Asaba
Paediatric Doctors in Collaboration with the Association of Resident Doctors, Federal Medical Center, (FMC, Asaba) on Wednesday sought Improved Counselling for Nursing mothers as measures to build their confidence throughout the duration
The health experts who spoke to Journalists in Asaba, said that breast milk gives infants a good start in life because it contained all the vitamins and nutrients needed in the first six months of their life, adding that the measure would enhance the wellbeing of the Child
Chairman of Paediatric Doctors in the state, Professor Angela Okolo, said that exclusive breastfeeding could save more lives and generate additional income, adding”breast milk contains antibodies and lymphocytes from the mother that helps the baby resist infection, it’s important for governments to protect and promote women’s access to Skilled breastfeeding counselling, a critical component of breastfeeding Support”
Professor Okolo explained that breastfeeding counselling can help mothers’to build Confidence while respecting their individual circumstances and Chioces, adding that Counselling can empower women to overcome Challenges and prevent feeding and care practices that may interfere with optimal breastfeeding such as the Provision of unnecessary liquids, foods, and breast milk substitutes to infants and young Children
She however recommended that infants should be exclusively breastfed for the first six months of life to achieve optimal growth, development and health.
Meanwhile, A Non Governmental Organization (NGO) Sharma Educational Foundation Women Forum has held a one day prayer programme against Covid-19 Pandemic and welfare members at Enerhen in Uvwie Local Government Area of Delta state.
The President of the NGO, Dr Onyi Ikemefuna who spoke to Journalists explained that empowerment programme and lecture held thrice a year by the foundation could not hold owing to the outbreak of Covid-19 Pandemic, adding that the prayer day was held to wipe out the disease and for healing in the nation.
Ikemefuna disclosed that over one thousand homes were sensitized during the lockdown period, and urged other NGOs and well meaning Nigerians to always assist the less privileged, saying that there is a blessing in giving than in receiving
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