GMOA to make more proposals on popularising fresh milk

By Don Asoka Wijewardena

The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) yesterday said it was ready to submit more proposals besides the 10 it had already put foward to help promote the consumption of fresh milk instead of powdered milk.

GMOA president Dr. Anuruddha Padeniya said that the Health Ministry had already submitted the 10 GMOA proposals to the Cabinet for approval and his association would submit more to Health Secretary Dr. Nihal Jayathilaka on Sept. 4.

Dr. Padeniya said the additional proposals would be of crucial importance to the country. Among the new proposals would be the promotion of breast feeding for the growth and development of infants, making the people aware of the importance of breast feeding to minimise the chances of contracting non-communicable diseases, banning of all breast milk substitutes currently advertised through various media, introducing Infant and Young Child Feeding Strategy Centres (IYFSC) in all hospitals and establishing mother-baby friendly centres in all hospitals and both, private and state sector organisations.

Apart from those proposals the GMOA would request the Ministry to establish lactation management centres in all specialised hospitals, conduct training for all Obstetricians and Gynecologists pursuing postgraduate studies, on breast feeding, make the public aware of the importance of reducing child and mother mortality through breast feeding and disseminate information on breast milk to the people, the GMOA president said.

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