First Lady launches sup­ple­men­tary feed­ing pro­gramme in Mat North

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op­ti­mum growth and de­vel­op­ment. The Gov­ern­ment and a num­ber of non-Gov­ern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tions and De­vel­op­men­tal part­ners have demon­strated their com­mit­ment to­wards elim­i­nat­ing the nu­tri­tional chal­lenges in the coun­try through ini­ti­at­ing na­tion­wide sup­ple­men­tary pro­grammes,” she said.

Amai Mnan­gagwa en­cour­aged young mothers to con­tinue breast­feed­ing their chil­dren.

“In­deed breast­feed­ing is the foun­da­tion of life and nu­tri­tious foods need to be fed to our chil­dren af­ter the ex­clu­sive six months breast­feed­ing pe­riod. But I want to em­pha­sise that breast­feed­ing is the one that starts ev­ery­thing and I’m en­cour­ag­ing all mothers who are still con­ceiv­ing to con­tinue breast­feed­ing,” she said.

The First Lady, who is Zim­babwe’s Health Am­bas­sador, en­cour­aged women to go for cer­vi­cal can­cer screen­ing for early de­tec­tion and treat­ment.

“The other is­sue that I want to talk about is can­cer screen­ing in our mothers. Can­cer has rav­aged the lives of our mothers. We’ve ma­jor types of can­cer in women, breast can­cer and cer­vi­cal can­cer and in men it’s mostly prostate can­cer. But women are mostly af­fected be­cause of those two com­mon types apart from oth­ers.

“The PMD (Pro­vin­cial Med­i­cal Di­rec­tor) has been telling me that we don’t have can­cer screen­ing here in Mata­bele­land North. I was touched emo­tion­ally by that be­cause can­cer some­times does not have signs to show or let you know that it is there,” she said.

Amai Mnan­gagwa said she would en­gage the Min­istry of Health and Child Care and Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa to en­sure that can­cer screen­ing cen­tres are set up in the prov­ince.

She also spoke against early child mar­riages and urged par­ents to let the girl child get ed­u­ca­tion and pur­sue their ca­reer prospects be­fore mar­ry­ing them off.

Amai Mnan­gagwa toured the clinic where she was shown the var­i­ous rooms and told of the chal­lenges the hos­pi­tal is fac­ing.

She launched the pro­gramme by feed­ing some of the chil­dren with the corn soya blend por­ridge.

Mata­bele­land North Pro­vin­cial Af­fairs Min­is­ter Richard Moyo thanked the First Lady for launch­ing the pro­gramme in the prov­ince say­ing it was of para­mount im­por­tance in the growth of chil­dren.

“Your Ex­cel­lency, sup­ple­men­tary feed­ing is very crit­i­cal in Mata­bele­land North prov­ince for it of­fers nu­tri­tional and med­i­cal sup­port for moder­ately mal­nour­ished chil­dren be­tween six and 59 months.

“As a prov­ince we are hum­bled by this do­na­tion and we are go­ing to use it to scale up th­ese in­ter­ven­tions and make them get to more needy pop­u­la­tions. This will go a long way in re­duc­ing cases of both acute and chronic mal­nu­tri­tion,” he said.

Cde Moyo said they were hum­bled to be among the ben­e­fi­cia­ries of Amai Mnan­gagwa’s hu­man­i­tar­ian pro­grammes through the An­gel of Hope Foun­da­tion

He high­lighted that the prov­ince was faced with a num­ber of chal­lenges among them a short­age of crit­i­cal staff in health in­sti­tu­tions and lack of a pro­vin­cial hos­pi­tal. Cde Moyo said they were hop­ing that the con­struc­tion of Lu­pane Pro­vin­cial Hos­pi­tal would com­mence in 2019 once fund­ing is availed.

Chief Ndi­weni also thanked the First Lady for com­ing to the area to launch the im­por­tant pro­gramme which he sup­ported.

He said the wishes of the lo­cal peo­ple have been to up­grade Ntabazin­duna clinic built in the early 1960s.

The launch was at­tended by chiefs Ndi­weni and Ndondo, Pro­vin­cial Ad­min­is­tra­tor Latiso Dlamini, Pro­vin­cial Med­i­cal Di­rec­tor Dr Pugie Chim­berengwa, gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials and mem­bers of the se­cu­rity forces among oth­ers. — @Aux­il­iaK

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