Ministry of Health and Sports has called for making collective efforts by departments concerned and non-governmental organizations to boost breastfeeding rate in Myanmar.
A survey shows that only 51.2 per cent of babies are breastfed from their birth to sixth months old, and it is found today that children under two years old are suffering anemia, said Union Minister for Health and Sports Dr. Myint Htwe yesterday at the meeting on promoting breastfeeding in Myanmar.
“It is important to make efforts with added momentum to promote systematic breastfeeding, and the better outcomes will be achieved if breastfeeding and vaccination works are widely carried out,” said the Union Minister at the Stakeholder Endorsement on Recommendations of Becoming Breastfeeding Friendly at the ministry.
In his speech, the Union Minister also called for laying down tasks for national health project based on the outcomes of the survey, urging the committees concerned with the breastfeeding to keep forward their trajectory on monitoring the works.
Union Minister Dr. Myint Htwe also urged the related departments to work together with the international non-governmental organizations, non-governmental organizations, community based societies, Myanmar Maternal and Child Welfare Association to improve the situation.
Dr. Thar Tun Kyaw, Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Health and Sports and Dr. Lwin Mar Hlaing, Deputy Director of the ministry, explained the backgrounds, processes, results and suggestions related to systematic breastfeeding processes in Myanmar.
At the beginning of his speech, Union Minister for Health and Sports Dr. Myint Htwe spoke of systematic breastfeeding’s benefits for children_ getting healthy early life, body and brain growth, strong immune system that prevent from infectious diseases and reducing possibility of obesity and diabetes when they are older, and for mothers—reducing suffering from breast cancer, ovarian cancer and cervical cancer.
—MNA (Translated by Kyaw Zin Tun)