By Esther Eugene, Asaba
The Nigeria Association of Women Journalists, NAWOJ, Delta State Chapter, has called on the state government to put innovative solutions in place to ensure that women’s access to skilled breastfeeding counselling service is not disrupted in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Chairperson, Comrade Pat Gbemudu stated this while speaking on a live programme on the Voice of Delta Fm, Asaba, as part of Delta NAWOJ activities to mark the 2020 World Breastfeeding Week.
Dwelling on the theme of this year’s event, “Support breastfeeding for a healthier planet, Comrade Gbemudu said Skilled breastfeeding counselling could be provided by health care professionals, lactation counsellors and peer support providers in health facilities, through home visits or community programmes, and stressed the need for continued access to such essential services.
The Delta NAWOJ chairperson called for a more concerted effort among Government, civil society groups and health professional associations, in ensuring breastfeeding support services, saying that it would empower women to give their babies the best possible start in life.
Correspondent Eunice Emeyazia reports that the World Breastfeeding Week celebrated every first week of August, is aimed at highlighting the benefits of breastfeeding to babies, and ensuring a wider push for maternal health, especially, good nutrition, poverty reduction and food security.