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Kuje IDP Camp Outreach Press Release

Kuje IDP Camp Outreach Press Release for the IDP camp outreach at Kuje, FCT.

As part of its unrelenting efforts to sensitize, support and advocate for the less privileged and vulnerable groups, Envision Global Care Foundation in partnership with the Federal Ministry of Health and the Wellbeing Foundation Africa made an outreach to the Kuje IDP Camp, Abuja on the 19th of September,2018.

In line with the United Nations SDG Goal 3 (Good health and wellbeing), the outreach was primarily aimed at strengthening maternal and child health by providing trainings on Infant and Young Child Feeding (breastfeeding and complementary feeding). The trainings were carried out using materials approved by WHO, UNICEF and FMOH.

The Program Officers of EGCF (Ms. Kistence and Pharm. Bullum), spoke extensively on Food Nutrition as it relates to the health benefits of breast milk. They emphasized on WHO and UNICEF’s standard of exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of a baby’s life, starting from the first hour of birth. In teaching on complementary feeding, they emphasized on food diversification with caution for giving the baby only foods that are safe and rich in nutrients required for children’s growth.

They further stressed the need for the parents, especially the mother, to know their HIV status and to avoid alcohol during the period of breastfeeding. Adequate measures were employed to be taken for the baby’s health, such as immunization, routine medical checkups and cursory observation of the baby’s growth and body conditions.

Rita Momoh, Wellbeing Foundation’s Midwife, made more emphasis on the benefits of breastfeeding, stressing that it reduces the rate of cancer in women as well as increasing the bond between mother and child. She stressed that mothers should maintain proper hygiene during breastfeeding to avoid infections. She went through the UNICEF’s recommended process of WASH, showing the women how to maintain good hygiene for the benefit of the children.

The representative of the Federal Ministry of Health, Mrs. Oyibo Fatima Usman, commended Envision Global Care Foundation for the outreach, saying that she was particularly pleased the trainings carried out strictly followed FMOH’s guidelines. She assured the Foundation of the FMOH’s full support, going forward and encouraged both EGCF and Wellbeing Foundation Africa not to relent in their efforts to ensuring that the less privileged have access to high impact healthcare services.

Following the trainings, the residents of the IDP camps were given relief materials and gifts for participating in the training.

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