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Zamfara inaugurates 13 member breast milk substitutes code committee

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In a bid to strengthen compliance with the International Breast Milk Substitute Code, the Zamfara State Government has inaugurated a 13-member compliance and monitoring committee.
Inaugurating the committee at the weekend in Gusau, the state capital, the state commissioner for Health, Alhaji Suleman Adamu Gummi, said the code serves as a weapon to protect breastfeeding from the aggressive promotional campaigns by Infant Food Manufacturers (IFM), which was linked to the alarming decline in breastfeeding in Nigeria and Zamfara State, in particular, leading to an increase in rates of infant morbidity and mortality.
According to him, ‘The Code therefore, controls and restricts the many promotional practices such as advertising, free samples, free supplies and gifts, used by IFM to increase sales of infant foods, feeding bottles and teats, thereby undermining Breastfeeding,’.
Represented by the permanent secretary of the ministry, Dr Lawal Umar Bungudu, Gummi maintained that the inauguration of the committee was also in fulfillment of the Federal Government’s commitment as a signatory to the Code, charged members of the committee to work in educating the general public on the implementation of health facility-related aspects of the Code in their respective communities.
He appealed to health workers in the state to provide necessary skilled support and help to mothers and families on exclusive and continued breastfeeding and complementary feeding as the best way of increasing nutrients to new born babies.
The Commissioner, who thanked Save the Children International for its support to government towards ensuring full compliance of the code, urged NAFDAC to support the committee in executing its responsibilities.
Earlier, the state NAFDAC Director represented by Mr Ezewel Barnabas, said NAFDAC is committed to partner with the committee in sourcing useful information that would help the agency to achieve its regulatory mandate.
He said NAFDAC is determined to take necessary measures against any institution or group that found wanting in promoting breast milk substitute products in the state, including media organizations.