Wednesday, 16 October 2019

3% women in Bekwarra engage in exclusive breast feeding in C'River - WHO





Ukorebi Esien | 16 October 2019



According to information released by the Cross River State Statistician General, Dr. Jospeh Ogar, Bekwara Local Government Area is at the top of the list of local government areas that do not practice exclusive breast feeding in Cross River State.

Dr. Ogar who revealed this during a presentation in a CRS-MIYCN stakeholders workshop held in Calabar, said the data was researched by World Health Organizations, WHO in partnership with the National Bureau of Statistics. 


The report states that only 3% of women in Bekwara Local Government Area engage in exclusive breast feeding. The resaeched carried out revealed that only 2 women accepted to be practicing or had practiced exclusive breast feeding out of 60 respondents engaged in the survey, this was closely followed by Odukpani LGA with 9 out of 60 mothers accepting to be practicing or had practiced exclusive breast feeding.

Participants at the CRS MIYCN stakeholders workshop 

Participants at the CRS MIYCN stakeholders workshop 


The study also revealed that Obanliku came top with 40 out of 60 mothers who agreed to have be practicing or have practiced exclusive breast feeding, Akpabuyo and Biase followed with 38 mothers practing exclusive breast feeding in Cross River State.


In his remarks, the Permanent Secretary of ministry of health, Dr. Joe Bassey, said the importance of exclusive breast feeding in the nutritional value of children should not be over emphasized. 

Other data revealed during the event are:  

Only 34.1% of mothers in Cross River State practice exclusive breast feeding - NNHS 2018 

22% of children born in Cross River State are stunted due to lack of Exclusive breast feeding - NNHS 2018 


49.7% of children delivered in the state are breast fed within the first one hour of their birth - NNHS 2018 

Participants at the CRS MIYCN stakeholders workshop 

Participants at the CRS MIYCN stakeholders workshop 

The Nutrition consultant for Alive and Thrive, Dr. Davis Omotola, revealed the benefit of breast feeding to include but not limited to the following: 

- It builds the bond between mother and child

- It aids in the development of facial muscles 

- It helps boost immunity 

- Its cheaper means of feeding baby 

- It is a more convineint means of feeding baby 

- It Lowes baby's risk of asthma and allergies it provide ls babies with exclusive nutrients available in breastmilk

- It is beneficial to the mother 


The workshop put together by Alive and Thrive in collaboration with the Cross River State Primary Healthcare Development Agency and the Cross River State Ministry of Health is aimed at sensitising the public on the need to practice exclusive breast feeding for the nutritional value advantage of the child as well as reveal available data on the subject matter. 



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