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KUWAIT CITY, October 5: The decline in breastfeeding rates in Kuwait speaks to a real need to strengthen cooperation between different sectors in the country to support the best nutrition offered to infants, the representative of the World Health Organization said on Wednesday. Health (WHO), Assad Hafeez.
He made the remarks in a speech he delivered at a session organized by the WHO Country Office in Kuwait in cooperation with public authorities (PAFN) and the Ministry of Health regarding the initiative to appropriate hospitals for children at United Nations (UN) House.
WHO previously launched an infant-friendly hospital initiative, in cooperation with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in 1991, aimed at ensuring that mothers and children receive the care they need at the right time before to live in a residence that provides mothers and infants with care and good nutrition, he said.
This initiative protects, encourages and supports natural breastfeeding, given its great importance and also provides proper care and nutrition to infants who do not receive natural breastfeeding, he added.
Statistics from the National Food Monitoring Report indicate that investing in good nutrition in early childhood has a significant positive impact on health, academic achievement and productivity in people’s lives, the ministry’s deputy undersecretary said. of Health for Special Medical Care Services, Dr. Fatma Al-Najjar.
Director of Community Nutrition Promotion at PAFN, Dr. Mona Al-Sumaie, listed the specialties of breastfeeding promotion in Kuwait and its vital role in strengthening partnerships between the public and private sectors, so as to improve infant and child nutrition in all regions of the country.
Only eight percent of newborn babies are breastfed for six months in Kuwait, a health ministry official revealed on Wednesday. Dr. Fatma Al-Najjar, Deputy Undersecretary at the Ministry of Health, said in remarks to KUNA that figures from the national nutrition monitoring report revealed that only eight percent of infants receive natural foods for six consecutive months during their early childhood.
She was speaking on the sidelines of a seminar organized by the WHO country office in Kuwait, in cooperation with the Public Authority for Food and Nutrition (PAFN) and the Ministry of Health, regarding the initiative of appropriate hospitals for children. The proportion of eight is far lower than rates in other countries in the region as well as globally, Dr Al-Najjar said, warning that babies should be fed only breast milk. She also revealed that only 20% of babies born in Kuwait are housed in “baby-friendly hospitals”. There are only two such hospitals in the country, she added (KUNA)