Breastfeeding dapat isulong sa gitna ng pandemya

Breastfeeding dapat isulong sa gitna ng pandemya

August 10, 2020 @ 1:30 PM 2 months ago

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Manila, Philippines – Ipinanawagan ng Save the Children Philippines sa pamahalaan na palakasin ang kampanya sa brestfeeding sa gitna ng umiiral na coronavirus disease 2019 o COVID-19.

Ayon sa grupo, mas kinakailangan ito sa kasalukuyan dahil maraming pamilya ang nagtitipid sa dulot ng krisis.

“The Philippine economy is in recession and children from the poorest families will bear its harshest impact as they continue to be deprived of their rights to food and nutrition due to steep declines in household incomes, lost livelihoods, unemployment, and health and social protection services disruption amid the COVID-19 pandemic,” pahayag ni Save the Children Philippines chief executive Alberto Muyot.

Una nang sinabi ng pamahalaan na bumagsak sa 16.5 % ang ekonomiya ng bansa sa ikalawang quarter ng taong 2020 dahil sa ipinatupad na community quarantin na epekto ng COVID-19.

Iginiit naman ni health at nutrition adviser Dr. Amado Parawan na ang breastfeeding ay mahalaga sa mga bata laban sa mga sakit habang tumigil ang mga nakatakda sa nanag bakuna dulot ng mga lockdown.

“Breastmilk gives babies the fighting chance to survive life-threatening diseases such as diarrhea and respiratory infections. It is economical, safe, readily available, and prevents maternal deaths due to breast cancer,” ani Parawan.

“Stunting affects the physical, intellectual, and developmental growth of children. It puts them at greater risk for disease and death, poor performance in school, and a lifetime of poverty,” dagdag pa nito. RNT/LF


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