Health Minister Says National Infant Feeding Policy Coming

first_img Dr. Tufton, stressed the importance of proper nutrition for children, beginning with breastfeeding immediately after birth and within the first six months of a child’s life. Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, says Jamaicans can expect a new National Infant and Young Child Feeding Policy and the National Infant and Young Child Feeding Strategic Action Plan, which are both geared towards improving the health and well-being of the nation’s children. Story Highlightscenter_img Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, says Jamaicans can expect a new National Infant and Young Child Feeding Policy and the National Infant and Young Child Feeding Strategic Action Plan, which are both geared towards improving the health and well-being of the nation’s children.Addressing the National Breastfeeding Week’s launch and two-day conference at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown, Kingston, on September 19, Dr. Tufton said the policy and plan will better inform healthcare professionals and parents on the proper nutritional habits they should develop in children.“One critical component has now been completed – the drafting of the National Infant and Young Child Feeding Policy and the National Infant and Young Child Feeding Strategic Action Plan. The action plan proposes several strategies aimed at improving some specific nutrition indicators – exclusive breastfeeding and complementary feeding indicators,” he noted.“These documents are now being deliberated at the Cabinet level, and. once completed, will be advanced to the wider society,” the Minister added.He pointed out that objectives similar to those of the drafted policy and plan have already been implemented, especially with regards to proper breastfeeding.“With the support of Government and non-government partners, several interventions have been implemented, which resulted in significant improvements. These include training programmes for healthcare workers, public education campaigns and community level interventions, along with others, in pursuit of the agreed targets,” the Minister said.Dr. Tufton, stressed the importance of proper nutrition for children, beginning with breastfeeding immediately after birth and within the first six months of a child’s life.“Data from the World Health Organisation (WHO) show that breast milk, as the natural first food for babies, provides all the energy and nutrients that the infant needs for the first six months of life, and it continues to provide up to half or more of a child’s nutritional needs during the second half of the first year, and up to one-third during the second year of life,” he noted.The Minister emphasised that the country must continue to work at improving the exclusive breastfeeding rates.“It is too important an issue to let it fall by the wayside. Our mothers are critical to this process, and so we have to work with them wherever they are to reap the results we want,” he added.The 2017 National Breastfeeding Week is being recognised from September 17 to 23 under the theme ‘Sustaining Breastfeeding Together’.last_img read more

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ZOSOs to Be Extended

first_img The time allotted for both zones will expire this month. Operations are slated to come to an end in Denham Town and Mt. Salem on December 15 and 29, respectively. This would be the second extension granted for the Mt. Salem zone, which was the first to become operational on September 1. The Prime Minister said both zones have “yielded unquestionable results”, noting that there has been no report of murders in any of the zones, no report of serious crimes, and no report of abuse by any State actors in either zone. Story Highlights The Zones of Special Operations (ZOSOs) in Mt. Salem, St. James; and Denham Town in Kingston are to be extended by another 60 days. The Zones of Special Operations (ZOSOs) in Mt. Salem, St. James; and Denham Town in Kingston are to be extended by another 60 days.The House of Representatives on Wednesday (December 6) approved a motion requesting the extension, which was moved by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness.Mr. Holness noted that additional time is needed to facilitate social-intervention activities that require long-term focus, as well as infrastructural investment.The time allotted for both zones will expire this month. Operations are slated to come to an end in Denham Town and Mt. Salem on December 15 and 29, respectively. This would be the second extension granted for the Mt. Salem zone, which was the first to become operational on September 1.The zones were established under the Law Reform (Zones of Special Operations) (Special Security and Community Development Measures) Act, which was passed in Parliament earlier in the year.The law seeks to contain crime while safeguarding the human rights of residents and promoting community development through social-intervention initiatives.The Prime Minister said both zones have “yielded unquestionable results”, noting that there has been no report of murders in any of the zones, no report of serious crimes, and no report of abuse by any State actors in either zone.“Since the declaration of zones, two communities that have previously been exposed to intolerable levels of crime and criminal influence are now experiencing peace, protection by the State, safety from gang violence, and security where insecurity was previously abundant. This is a successful model that is worth repeating,” he said.The Law Reform (Zones of Special Operations) (Special Security and Community Development Measures) Act gives the Prime Minister power to declare an area a Zone of Special Operations in order to tackle increased crime and volatility in a community. This is in consultation with the National Security Council.The Zone can only be established after the Police Commissioner and the Chief of Defence Staff make a request for such a declaration in writing to the Prime Minister.last_img read more

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