Kaduna Govt, Alive & Thrive Sensitizes  Residents On Exclusive Breastfeeding

By Israel Bulus, Kaduna

As part of its activities to mark the 2022 world breastfeeding week, the Kaduna Primary Healthcare Agency in collaboration with Alive & Thrive held a community engagement forum to sensitize the residents on the importance of exclusive breastfeeding.

Speaking at the occasion held at Zakari Isa PHC in Kaduna North Local Government Area  (LGA), the State Coordinator of Alive &Thrive,  Sarah Didi Kwasu said the that the engagement was organized with Stakeholders such as  Clerics, Nutritionist, Health Workers and media Practitioners to brainstorm on the importance of exclusive breastfeeding.

According to Kwasu, the recommendations from the forum will be incorporated into the programs of the organization in order to improve maternal, adolescent, infants and young child nutrition in Kaduna.

She stressed that Stakeholders at multiple levels need to redouble their efforts, adding that exclusive breastfeeding is one of the essential actions for infant development and survival.

Speaking on the 2022 WBW theme: ‘Step Up For Breastfeeding, Educate and Support’  Kwasu said the Alive &Thrive initiative saves lives, prevent illness and improve the health and wellbeing of mothers, children and adolescent by using evidence based approaches in collaboration with government and other partners.

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

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

Similarly, Pastor Joseph Onilede urged care givers to always ensure they breastfeed their children exclusively.

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In her own reaction, a nutrition specialist with UNICEF office Kaduna, Mrs Chinwe Ezeife said nursing mothers must practice the  three Es which are; the earlier initiative of breastfeeding, exclusive breastfeeding for six months and extending exclusive breastfeeding for 6 months.

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