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UNICEF Tasks Journalists On Child Healthcare Promotion

On Tuesday, during a two-day media dialogue in Gombe, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) urged journalists to ensure effective reportage of medical issues for child healthcare promotion.

Tushar Rane, UNICEF’s Chief of Field Office, Bauchi, gave the charge, stating that the media plays a greater role in creating awareness among the people towards promoting child health and survival within the first 1,000 days of birth.

According to Rane, the first 1,000 days of the child start from pregnancy to two years after birth, adding the period is critical in a child’s physical and brain development.

He said that 50 percent of the child’s brain developed at birth and advanced up to 75 percent at two years, lamenting that poor children are at risk of malnutrition in the first 1,000 days.

Rane charged journalists to create awareness through their reportage towards promoting child health and survival.

“Neuronal pathways develop most rapidly within the days mentioned above, hence the need for public awareness to be created for child health,” he said.

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Also, Dr. Rilwanu Mohammed, Chairman, of Bauchi State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, stressed the need for mothers to be acquainted with the process of child development within the first 1,000 days.

Represented by Dr. Jibril Mohammed, the Director of Administration and Finance in the Agency, Mohammed also recommended adequate sleep for mothers.

“Adequate rest, that is enough sleep for pregnant women, is important for normal metabolism to take place and avoid complications, depression might set in due to complications. The child might also develop malformation as a result of these.”

He, therefore, urged journalists to enlighten parents to encourage the uptake of primary healthcare services to achieve good health for children.

Approximately 35 media professionals from Adamawa, Bauchi, Taraba and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), attended the exercise.