The Federal Capital Territory Authority (FCTA) is keen to priorities exclusive breastfeeding and sensitise the citizenry on the nexus between breastfeeding and Sustainable Development Goals (STDs). In this wise, the FCTA is stepping up efforts aimed at improving the health and nutritional status of women and children in Abuja.
This was the position of the Executive Secretary, FCT Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr Rilwanu Mohammed, who said inappropriate breastfeeding and complementary feeding practice coupled with high rates of infectious diseases are the causes of malnutrition during the first two years of life.
“FCT will sensitise the public on how breastfeeding relates to Sustainable Development Goals and the need to promote its practice to meet the sustainable development goals.
“Promoting, protecting and supporting breastfeeding is a key intervention strategy for achieving all the SDGs including ending poverty and hunger, ensuring healthy lives and well being, equitable quality education among others”, he said.
Rilwanu said his agency would work towards ensuring that “äll FCT women breastfeed their babies with only breast milk from birth to six months using locally available foods with continued breastfeeding for up to two years and beyond”.