A National Health Survey has indicated that about 11 million children are not properly fed with good and nutritious meals in Nigeria.
This was disclosed by the General Manager of Rivers State Broadcasting Corporation, Sir Sampson Fiberesima, at a public enlightenment event in Port Harcourt.
With the theme: ‘Breast Feeding, Key to Sustainable Development’, the event was part of activities to mark 2016 World Breast-feeding Week, originally scheduled to hold in August last year.
Fiberesima expressed concern that if the situation is not urgently tackled, Nigeria may be faced with the challenge of unhealthy future generation of leaders.
He, therefore, advocated the need for women to eat good and nutritious meals during and after pregnancy and go the extra mile to give only breast milk to their newly-born in the first six months of life.
He acknowleged that the event was part of Radio Rivers media engagement support in partnership with the ‘A’ field office of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to advocate and promote best practices on nutrition for infants and young children in the state.
He noted that as an agent of information dissemination, it is part of their social responsibility to educate and inform the society on core issues of development, especially when it concerns women and young children.
Reassuring government’s commitment to meet the health needs of the people, even in the face of the present economic challenges, he called on the participants at the event to do their part to complement efforts by the government.
Also speaking at the event, the Director, Public Health, Ministry of Health, Mrs Glory Wokocha, has cautioned mothers to stop what she called mixed feeding.
She frowned at the practice where mothers mix breast milk feeding, water and other forms of food in the first six months, lamenting that it is not good for the health of the child.
She reiterated that breast milk is highly nutritious, and contains all that a child requires to live a healthy life, including protection from infant-killer diseases, while the process helps to build a bond between mother and child.