The University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital in collaboration with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) marked the 2020 World Breastfeeding week in grand style as the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) refused to allow COVID 19 be an obstacle to their campaign for exclusive breastfeeding. The campaign lasted for 7 days from the 1st to 7th of August 2020 in strict compliance with COVID 19 protocols.
The breastfeeding week began with a featuring on the RSTV program titled “THE GLOBE IN 60 MINUTES” after which the campaign was taken to social media, religious houses, the hospital community and a special webinar. The Coordinator, BFHI, Prof. Alice Nte spoke on the importance of exclusive breastfeeding each time she made presentations to the general public and within the hospital community. She elucidated on the positive gains of the policy for the Mother, Baby and society at large. Prof. Nte thanked the UPTH Management for their supportive role in the implementation of exclusive breastfeeding and supporting the zero water initiative campaign.
Health and Allied professionals and associations in UPTH and all over the nation participated in the exercise as well as presentations from UNICEF representative, Mrs. Ngozi Onuoha.
Aluu Primary Health Centre was not left out as mothers and children at the centre benefited from the lectures. They received gifts and items such as mosquito nets. Costs of artificial milks were also subsidized as benefits to families for the contribution to children’s development.