The Kogi State Ministry of Health and Kogi State Primary Health Care Development Agency, ( KSPHCDA) have called on nursing mothers to ensure adequate breastfeeding for their children, saying exclusive and adequate breastfeeding is a panacea for a healthier nation.
The State Coordinator, Maternal and Child Health program, Mrs Ajakaiye Sabdat stated this in Lokoja on Wednesday at the sideline of this year’s World Breastfeeding Week; with the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund, UNICEF, calling for national efforts to improve the health, nutrition, education, and general welfare of children.
Mrs Sabdat said adequate breastfeeding has, over the years, prevented several childhood diseases and brought lifelong positive benefits especially in the risk reduction for breast and ovarian cancers.
She described breast milk as free and natural food, that forms a critical part of a sustainable food system for babies.
“Breastfeeding is key to every child, exclusive breastfeeding is paramount. A child given an opportunity for exclusive and adequate breastfeeding lives a healthy life”.
Mrs Ajakaiye Sabdat
SC Maternal and Child Health