WRITTEN BY CHIBUZOR OKOYE
The Commissioner for Health, Dr. Joe Akabuike, says that the state's 2017 breastfeeding week will be flagged off tomorrow at the Primary Health Centre, Atani, Ogbaru Local Government Area.
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Dr. Akabuike stated this during a press briefing in Awka.
Addressing the press, Dr. Akabuike represented by the Executive Secretary, Anambra State Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr Mrs. Chioma Ezenyimulu, said that the week was meant to highlight the importance of exclusive breastfeeding and the need for all hands to be on deck in promoting it.
The Commissioner who said that breastfeeding is a vital part of Sustainable Development Goals and non- negotiable component of global action to end malnutrition, revealed that exposure to hazardous working conditions including pesticides impact negatively on a woman's ability to breastfeed safely.
The state coordinator, Baby Friendly Initiative, Miss Ngozi Ekwedike, noted that there is a new breastfeeding policy in the state that makes exclusive breastfeeding compulsory and forbids the use of feeding bottles in the hospitals even as she made it clear that breastfeeding strengthens bonding between mother and child among others. The Head, Community Health Services, Anambra State Primary Health Care Development Agency, Mr. Nnamdi Ulagbafusi, enjoined young mother's to take exclusive breastfeeding seriously because of its numerous benefits to the newborn.
Health correspondent Chibuzor Okoye who covered the briefing, reports that world breastfeeding week is being held from first to seventh August every year globally.