Expert says six months of exclusive breast-feeding to babies will save eight hundred thousand 800,000 under five children from childhood infectious diseases.
Speaking at a two-day training for media champions, organised by the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre, CISLAC, in collaboration with Partnership for Advocacy in Child and Family Health, PACFaH, in Kaduna, the Programme Officer PSN, Abuja office, David Akpotor, said saving 800,000 through breastfeeding will amount to 12 percent drop in child mortality in the country.
Akpotor explained that the training, which was attended by 15 media organisations, was aimed at advocating and demanding accountability in child and family health issues across PACFaH focal states of Bauchi, Sokoto, Kano, Kaduna, Nasarawa, Lagos, Oyo and Abuja. According to him, the most recent Nigerian Demographic Health Survey, NDHS, showed that 128 children, in every 1,000 birth, die before their fifth birthday.
He said pneumonia and diarrhoea accounts for 14 percent and nine percent of under-five mortality rate in the country, respectively.