Ogun to partner UNICEF on exclusive breast feeding campaign

Gov. Amosun

The Ogun
State Government has assured the United Nation International
Children’s Education
Fund (UNICEF) of support in the campaign for exclusive breast feeding
amongst women, especially nursing mothers.
The State
Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Chief Adedayo
Adeneye, who
received the South West UNICEF Nutrition Specialist, Mrs Ada Ezeogu and
the State Nutrition Officer, Mr Olugbenga Idowu in his office in
Abeokuta, said this is necessary because the campaign for exclusive
breast feeding requires the support of all.
Chief
Adeneye said his Ministry would not only make use of the
State-owned
media stations to spread the awareness on exclusive breast feeding but
also involve relevant stakeholders in promoting the campaign geared
towards educating and enlightening nursing mothers on the need to
breastfeed their babies exclusively even beyond six months.

“Exclusive
breastfeeding really has great impact on the child, because
a healthy
child would definitely be a productive child, hence the need for us to
support the campaign. Apart from the emotional attachment the child
develops with the mother, the health benefit is also important to the
children,” he said.


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The
Commissioner further advised fathers to be willing partners for
the
exclusive breast feeding campaign as well as encourage their wives.
Speaking
earlier, the South West UNICEF Specialist, Mrs. Ada Ezeogu
appreciated
the government for providing veritable media platform that would fast
track the dissemination of the campaign on exclusive breast feeding,
saying the World Exclusive Breast Feeding Day was meant to create
awareness on exclusive breast feeding of a child for the first six
months of birth, adding that this process is the most beneficial and
preventive measure against infant mortality. “I want to commend Ogun
State Government for the political will to partner UNICEF in
enlightening the populace, especially nursing mothers,” she said.

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