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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Change for Turks and Caicos PDM is New Government

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you #MagneticMediaNews#TCIGeneralElections#TCIResults2016 Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #tcigeneralelections, #TCIResults2016 Final seat goes to new opposition party PNPcenter_img Election Observer Mission reports to Press Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, December 16, 2016 – Change has come for the country and The People’s Democratic Movement’s winning members were expected to be sworn in today as the new government of the Turks and Caicos Islands.In a grueling battle, and after a shamefully long wait for election returns from the Elections Office, it was finally revealed at 8:33 am, about 13 hours after the polls had closed that the PDM took 10 seats, including  four At Large spots  and six of the District seats, with a virtual tie still pending for The Bight constituency up to news production time.Edwin Astwood, Ralph Higgs, Douglas Parnell, Goldray Ewing, Sean Astwood and Delroy Williams won at that district level; Sharlene Robinson, who will be the first female premier, Josephine Connolly, Derek Taylor and Karen Malcolm make up the remainder of the PDMs House of Assembly members in this new legislature.Rufus Ewing was not returned to Parliament placing 7th out of the 21 All Island Candidates; Michael Misick who controversially offered as an Independent Candidate, had a disappointing result for him coming in 11th with 1,629 votes.Leader of PDA, Oswald Skippings got only 549 votes and was the top performing PDA candidate, while Charles Washington Misick, Mike’s older brother and outgoing Finance Minister  with the PNP made it to the top 5, beating millennial, Robert Been Jr. by a mere 21 votes.It is expected the PDM will have celebrations tonight at the Party. Rufus Resigns PNP & Quits Politicslast_img read more

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Bengal Safari Park brings in two new leopards all set to introduce

first_imgDarjeeling: While it is the Football World Cup frenzy throughout the globe, Siliguri is eagerly waiting for Sourav and Sachin to make a public appearance.Sourav and Sachin are two male leopards brought to the Bengal Safari in the outskirts of Siliguri. The Park is all set to introduce leopard safari soon. The male leopards were caught from Satali Tea Estate in Alipurduar. They were then kept in the Tiger and Leopard Rescue Centre in South Khayerbari in Jalpaiguri district. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThey have been kept in a special enclosure in the Bengal Safari Park. “The leopards are in the best of health and spirits. In a few days, after they adjust to the new environment, they will be put in open enclosures and we will start Leopard safari,” stated Binoy Krishan Burman, Forest Minister. Sources state that two more leopards will be brought in from the Cooch Behar division of the Forest Department. A rhinoceros and a giraffe are also scheduled to arrive before the Durga Puja tourist season. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe Park, a brainchild of CM Mamata Banerjee was inaugurated in 2016. It is spread over an area of 200-hectare. At present, the park boasts of elephants, two Royal Bengal tigers, Barking deer, Spotted deer, Sambars, a Rhino, six Gharials, a pair of Himalayan Black Bear and birds. The park at present boasts of a herbivore safari, tiger safari, bear safari and elephant safari. The Bengali Safari Park is the first of its kind in West Bengal. With its exhibits and elephant rides, it attracts a large number of visitors both local residents and tourists alike.last_img read more

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