The Ministry of Well being (MOH) and its companions on August 18, 2021 joined the world to watch the day commemorating celebration of World Breastfeeding Week.
The World Breastfeeding Week is an annual celebration held yearly from August 1 to 7 in over 120 nations. The World Well being Group states breastfeeding as one of the crucial efficient methods to make sure youngster well being and survival. This yr, the theme for breastfeeding week is “Defend Breastfeeding: A Shared Duty”.
World Breastfeeding week is well known to encourage unique breastfeeding and enhance the well being of infants world wide.
The historical past of this week-long commemoration dates again to the Nineties when the World Well being Group (WHO) and the United Nations Worldwide Kids’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) created the Harmless Declaration to advertise and help breastfeeding.
The frilly program held on the Royal Grant Resort gathered contributors from various backgrounds, who shared ideas and made suggestions to stakeholders inside the well being sector in addition to legislators to ignite breastfeeding insurance policies and social change to cease giving water to infants underneath six (6) months. It additionally offered subject brokers and choice makers the chance to catalyze much-needed coverage, social, institutional, group and household dialogue and alter geared in direction of enhancing breastfeeding charges in Liberia. Seeing unique breastfeeding as a public well being precedence to enhance the well being and prosperity of youngsters and nations was amongst few issues highlighted.
In the meantime, the Director of Household Well being Division, Madam Bentoe Z. Tehoungue mentioned: “a few of us at this age we will nonetheless calculate, motive, and even nonetheless having tooth in our mouth; and I do know, it’s the contribution of breastmilk. So we wish to encourage those that are actually having youngsters to have the ability to breastfeed their youngsters. Breastmilk is the perfect milk in your infants. And all of us must encourage different people who find themselves having youngsters immediately to offer their youngsters breastmilk.”
“Breastfeeding is often known as nursing. It’s one of the simplest ways to offer younger infants with the important vitamins required for development and improvement. Breastmilk is the best meals for infants. It’s secure, clear, and acts because the infants’ first vaccines defending them in opposition to many frequent childhood diseases. I’m grateful that this week-long celebration is held in my county—Montserrado”, Dr. Yatta Wapoe, County Well being Officer (CHO) of Montserrado Well being Workforce, mentioned in remarks.
For her half, Ministry of Well being’s Director of Vitamin Dr. Annette Brima-Davis mentioned her Division is doing every little thing attainable to extend and promote messages on breastfeeding with a purpose to educate the general public typically.
She highlighted that the overarching purpose of the week-long celebration is to focus on the significance of breastfeeding, to encourage and promote unique breastfeeding and to enhance the well being of infants and moms all throughout the nation.
“Breastfeeding promote higher well being for moms and kids alike. Breastfeeding decreases the danger of moms growing breast most cancers, ovarian most cancers, kind 2 diabetes, and well being diseased breastfeeding may avert 20,000 maternal deaths annually on account of breast most cancers,” she highlighted.
“As we start the World Breastfeeding Week celebration, my satisfaction is all better at this occasion as soon as once more demonstrates our frequent and unwavering dedication to affix forces to guard, promote and help breastfeeding for the fulfilment of each youngster’s proper to well being survival and improvement”, Dr. Gorbee G. Logan, Assistant Minister of Healing Well being Companies on the Ministry of Well being, remarking on behalf of the Liberian authorities and the Ministry.
Dr Logan mentioned important efforts have been made in recent times by the federal government of Liberia with the help of UNICEF and companions to enhance maternal and youngster vitamin; regardless of the present progress made, one-third of the youngsters in Liberia endure from continual malnutrition.
“Breastfeeding offers all youngsters the healthiest begin in life. Breastmilk acts as a primary vaccine, stimulates mind improvement and protects girls’s well being. When a mom breastfeeds, everybody advantages. Breastfeeding results in decrease healthcare price and more healthy household, and a better workforce.
At this time, it’s sadden to know that, six out of ten infants are initiated on breastmilk inside an hour of delivery. 4 out of each ten infants in Liberia receives plain water, liquids and meals along with breastmilk throughout their first six months of life, contributing to youngster malnutrition, diseases and even dying. Solely 3% of youngsters, age 6 to 23 months obtain an ample meals,” he famous.
Dr. Logan mentioned, given the theme for this yr celebration ‘“Defend Breastfeeding: A Shared Duty”, the day ought to engineer a collective duty of everybody to guard, promote and help unique breastfeeding to enhance the survival charge and early childhood improvement of youngsters.
He thanked contributors in addition to companions together with UNICEF, Concern Worldwide, WHO, WFP, Motion In opposition to Starvation, Water Assist, and SUNCSAL for steady help and contribution in direction of the nation’s well being sector.
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