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Yobe flaggs-off 2023 breastfeeding week

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By Bala Dauda, Damaturu

 

The Yobe Ministry of Health and Human Services has inaugurated the 2023 World Breastfeeding Week.

Speaking at the occasion in Potiskum, Alhaji Abdullahi Jawa, the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary, noted that the week-long event had the theme : “ Enable Breastfeeding – making a difference for working parents.”

He expressed optimism that the programme, supported by Alive and Thrive, Nigeria, would foster adoption of exclusive breastfeeding among nursing mothers.

Jawa also said Gov Mai Mala Buni had recently approved the expansion of free maternal neonatal and child health services to cover all pregnant women and under-five children.

The permanent secretary said the approval was part of efforts to reduce maternal mortality and morbidity in the state.

In his remarks, Dr Babagana Machina, the Executive Secretary, state Primary Health Care Board, said breastfeeding reduces the risk of breast cancer and maternal obesity.

According to him, six months of exclusive breastfeeding minimises childhood infections and increases intelligence of babies.

He noted that breast milk was a unique nutritional source that could not be replaced by any other food, including well-formulated infant formula.

Machina, therefore, called on critical stakeholders to assist in promoting exclusive breastfeeding for a healthy development of babies.

Our correspondent reports that highlights of the occasion included presentation of gifts to 11 women who exclusively breast fed their babies for six months.

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