By Ronald Kabuye
Ministry of health has committed to put more emphasis in engaging employers to degazette breast feeding corners for their employees as one of the ways of promoting breast feeding of children especially those that are below six months.
Available statistics put uganda at 65% in terms of breastfeeding babies below the age of Six months which is slightly above that recommended 50% by World Health Organisation WHO.
The ministry publicist Vivian Nakaliika Serwanjja revealed that a lot of lessons have been picked in the entire breast feeding week which has informed their zeroing to mostly engaging the employers in abide to interest them with the numerous benefits of degazetting these corners, engaging law and policy makers sensitising the public, the male counterparts and mothers especially teenagers who she said most of them are ignorant about its benefits hence thinking leaving in ignorance as a style yet they are endangering their themselves and their babies health.
She is very optimistic that once all their plans are effected they will bring breast feeding to 100% and move it from six months to at least two years.
In the same way the state minister for primary health care Joyce Moriku and the unicef nutrition manager Cecilia De Bustos highlighted the need for everyone to support and promote breast feeding especially through increasing financing and strengthening policy implementation thus providing mothers with the best foundation in life.
The remarks where made at the helm of commemorating the world breast feeding week held under the theme sustaining breast feeding together for a healthy nation at Mengo primary school