FCTA tasks nurs­ing moth­ers on exclusive breast­feed­ing

Daily Trust - - DIGEST - By Pe­bang Dan­ladi

The FCT Ad­min­is­tra­tion (FCTA) has tasked nurs­ing moth­ers in the ter­ri­tory on greater com­mit­ment to pro­mot­ing, pro­tect­ing and sup­port­ing exclusive breast­feed­ing prac­tices.

The Act­ing Ex­ec­u­tive Sec­re­tary, FCT Pri­mary Health Care De­vel­op­ment Board, Dr Matthew Ashikeni, stated this at a me­dia brief­ing on the 2017 World Breast­feed­ing Week in Abuja.

He said it has been sci­en­tif­i­cally proven that breast­feed­ing within one hour af­ter birth and ex­clu­sively dur­ing the first six months of life yielded tremen­dous health ben­e­fits to the new born baby.

He de­cried the rate of breast­feed­ing in Nige­ria as very low at 25% as at 2014 and said exclusive breast­feed­ing of ba­bies for the first six months af­ter birth in­creased the in­tel­li­gence quo­tient (IQ) of the child.

Dr Ashikeni said the board would con­tinue to train mem­bers and carry out ori­en­ta­tion across dif­fer­ent com­mu­ni­ties in the six area coun­cils of the ter­ri­tory.

He said the high rates of in­fant and young child deaths and ill­ness in Nige­ria have been at­trib­uted to mal­nu­tri­tion re­sult­ing from poor in­fant and young child feed­ing among other pre­ventable causes.

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