NAFDAC tasks health workers on exclusive breast feeding skills

The National Agency for Food Administration and Control (NAFDAC), urged health workers to provide skills to mothers on exclusive breastfeeding.Mr Apollos Kassem, a senior regulatory officer  NAFDAC, gave the advice during a lecture on the Roles and Responsibilities of Health Workers Implementing and Monitoring Breast Milk Substitutes Code, on Tuesday Kaduna.Kassem said that the implementations of the code would breastfeeding activities and ensure infant food were healthy for consumption.He said mothers required skills on exclusive breastfeeding and of Optimal and Young Child Feeding to ensure child survival

, growth and development.He said that health workers should avail mothers the knowledge of the ten steps to breastfeeding.“Ensure that mothers have accurate information to appropriate feeding choices and practice optimal infant feeding,”

he added.According to , proper monitoring the implementation of the milk substitute code was to ensure that previous gains on infant feeding were not eroded.He said that regulators must track progress and ensure that the set targets of the code were achieved, and provide the right information for policy makers and legislature.

He noted that proper monitoring would also ensure that manufacturers of infant food did not adopt unwholesome practices marketing their products.Kassem advised health workers not to allow the advertising of any product or offer of free samples of milk substitutes and infant food to mothers health facilities, as that was against the law.(NAN)