UNICEF OFFICER WARNS AGAINST UNHEALTHY PRACTICES
The Desk Officer for the United Nations Children’s Funds (UNICEF), domiciled at the Ministry of Information and Public Enlightenment, Anambra State; Chineze George-Ileka has warned against unhealthy practices which could lead to loss of lives and bring untold hardships to families.
She gave the warning while speaking at a workshop organized by the agency in collaboration with the Anambra State Government for Anambra Central President’s-Generals (PGs), Women and Youth Leaders at Abagana, Njikoka Local Government Area (LGA), recently she noted that each community has health facilities
The UNICEF Desk Officer decried the attitude of mothers who patronize Traditional Birth Attendants, (TBAs), and quacks, saying that there were lots of dangers associated with such practices. She emphasized the need to attend health centres, especially by pregnant and nursing mothers and immunizing their children as and when due.
George-Ileka urged women to embrace exclusive breastfeeding so that they can reap the gains. Speaking on general body cleanliness, the UNICEF official enjoined the participants to wash their clothes, especially under wears to avoid contracting infections. Her words: “Wash your body properly to avoid coming down with body odours as a result of dirtiness,’’ she said.
In her own address, the State Hygiene Promotion Officer, Dr. Rose Amasiani spoke against the menace of open defecation (OD), saying that it was one of the challenges facing the country currently. She noted that Nigeria had declared a state of emergency to achieve environmental cleanliness.
Amasiani urged the participants to launch a crusade against OD by erecting signposts at strategic positions, warning against OD to curb the unhealthy habit. She enjoined them to adopt hygienic behaviours to reduce mortality and morbidity rates.