United Nations Children Emergency Fund in a joint statement signed by its Executive Director, Henrieta Fore and World Health Organisation’s WHO Director General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said one out of eight children in Nigeria dies before fifth birthday.
They stated this on Sunday in the occasion of World Breastfeeding Week. “In Nigeria, where 1 in 8 children do not reach their 5th birthday and 3 in 10 children are stunted, optimal breastfeeding practices are known to reduce neonatal and child morbidities and mortality rates as well as stunting reduction.
They said at the start of this year, governments, donors, civil society and the private sector united to launch the Nutrition for Growth Year of Action.
The year of action is a historic opportunity to transform the way the world tackles the global commitment to eliminate child malnutrition, of which breastfeeding is central to its realization.
They further revealed that several countries have reported that producers of baby foods have compounded these risks by invoking unfounded fears that breastfeeding can transmit COVID-19 and marketing their products as a safer alternative to breastfeeding.