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Government to engage media to promote exclusive breastfeeding




Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH), has said it would engage stakeholders, individuals and media organisations to promote and support exclusive breastfeeding in health facilities, communities and workplaces.

Dr Chris Isokpunwu, Head of Nutrition, FMOH, in a statement in Abuja said the engagement would galvanize the actions of the stakeholders in the commemoration of the 2018 Word Breastfeeding Week (WBW).

Isokpunwu said the annual World Breastfeeding Week, scheduled to hold from August 1 to 7, had the theme, “Breastfeeding: Foundation of Life“.

He said the activities lined up for the event would create awareness on the importance of breastfeeding to a child’s survival and how to improve on poor practices of exclusive breast feeding.

“Poor exclusive breastfeeding practices in Nigeria have been associated with inadequate support from husbands, partners and health professionals.

Others include, delayed initiation of breastfeeding, negative peer influences as well as short paid maternity leave for working mothers.

A platform for long-term collaboration of all advocates, activists, decision makers, media, and youths are vital for promoting optimal infant and young child-feeding practices,’’ he said.

Isokpunwu noted that the event would commence on Aug. 2 with a High Level Policy Dialogue and inauguration of ceremony of 2018 WBW by Minister of Health at Transcorp Hilton, Abuja.

FG, UNFPA inaugurate guidelines on safe termination of pregnancy

The Federal Ministry of Health in collaboration with UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and other partners on Tuesday inaugurated three key reproductive health policies to accelerate family planning uptake, as well as reduce maternal mortality and morbidity in Nigeria. The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, who was represented by the Director Family Health, Dr Adebimpe Adebiyi, unveiled the documents in Abuja.
The documents that were unveiled included the National Guidelines on Safe Termination of Pregnancy for Legal indications and National Depot-MedroxyProgesterone Acetate-Sub Cutaneous (DMPA-SC) Accelerated Introduction and Scale-up Plan (2018-2022). DMPA-SC is a modern family planning method that combines the contraceptive drug and needle into a single unit. It is administered sub-coetaneously (under the skin).
The other document, also inaugurated by the minister, was the Global Family Planning Visibility and Analytical Network with the National Logistics Management Information System (NAVISION). Adewole said: “The documents will support government and its partners to speed their efforts on family planning”.