The First Girl of the Republic of Ghana, Mrs Rebecca Akufo-Addo has lauded an initiative to mobilize neighborhood assist in selling good diet and referred to as on all to assist intensify efforts to advertise six months of unique breastfeeding.
She made this name on the opening session of the Diet Advocacy and Neighborhood Mobilization Initiative, a discussion board to interact esteemed conventional and spiritual leaders to advertise diet interventions for ladies and youngsters in Ghana.
The initiative is spearheaded by the Ghana Well being Service in partnership with the WHO Ghana, UNICEF Ghana, and Infanta Malaria Prevention Basis.
The discussion board introduced collectively representatives of the Nationwide Queen Moms Platform Ghana from throughout the nation in addition to faculty kids to solicit their assist in selling good diet, breastfeeding and scale back anaemia in kids.
Mrs Akufo-Addo in her keynote deal with indicated that public well being specialists had raised issues a few attainable threat of diet crises as a result of COVID-19 pandemic. “The world dangers destruction to meals techniques, revenue loss which might forestall ladies and youngsters from accessing diet and medicines and important diet companies, finally risking derailment to efforts to realize the Sustainable Improvement Targets”, she added.
She additional pressured the necessity for nursing moms to apply unique breastfeeding for ultimately the primary six months after supply and advocated for workplaces, markets, church buildings, and different locations to have handy areas for moms to breastfeed their kids.
UNICEF Consultant in Ghana, Anne-Claire Dufay mentioned a well-nourished youngster can develop and be taught higher, take part in society and be resilient within the face of ailments similar to COVID-19. She nevertheless bemoaned the case of Ghana, the place tens of millions of kids are lacking out on this chance as 1 in 5 kids continues to be stunted.
She counseled the Women Iron Folate Supplementation Initiative to scale back anaemia amongst adolescent ladies, which was launched 4 years in the past in simply 4 areas, however presently covers all of the sixteen areas of Ghana with glorious outcomes.
Nation Consultant for WHO, Dr Francis Kasolo famous that maternal diet throughout being pregnant and diet within the first 2 years of life (1000 days) are essential in a baby’s neurodevelopment and set the very basis for the well being of the nation. He referred to as for a cross-sectoral collaboration between the well being, training, meals, and agriculture sectors in addition to water and sanitation amongst many others to handle the challenges with diet for moms and youngsters.
The Minister for Well being, Kwaku Agyeman-Manu hinted that along with key well being companions, the Ministry has labored to develop a complete roadmap for reaching Common Well being Protection (UHC) with the intent of leaving nobody behind particularly the susceptible notably moms and youngsters.
Mr. Agyeman-Manu believes that the initiative would strengthen present partnerships to mobilize the requisite assist to scale up interventions to enhance youngster survival and nurturing care of kids at neighborhood ranges.
He additional pledged his outfit’s dedication to the advocacy initiative and any neighborhood engagement initiative that will improve service supply on the CHPS and different operational ranges.
Globally in 2020, 149 million kids beneath 5 had been estimated to be stunted, 45 million wasted, and 38.9 million chubby. These are coupled with micronutrient deficiencies affecting tens of millions, notably within the creating world.
Distributed by APO Group on behalf of World Well being Group (WHO), Ghana.