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NAFDAC sets regulations for marketing breastmilk substitute

National Agency for Food Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) says all is set for the Regulation Two Thousand and Eighteen marketing Code of breastmilk substitute in the country.

The Kaduna State NAFDAC Breast milk substitute Desk Officer Mrs Rahila Maishanu stated this during a sensitization workshop for general and  private medical practitioners  from four local government areas in Kaduna State.

Mrs Maishanu said that the two thousand and eighteen Regulation Code has new set of monitoring tools to ensure compliance by violators.

She stressed that violators of the Code would be fine from one hundred and fifty thousand to two million Naira depending on the offence while seizure and legal proceedings can be carried out too.

“The regulation would target manufacturers of baby formulars, advertisers, sellers and health workers”

She called on health workers not to promote breast milk substitute of any kind in their facilities aimed at addressing issues of infant and children malnutrition.
“They should on no account display breast milk substitute in their hospitals but must always encourage and tell mothers that breastmilk is best for their children”

Earlier, Monitoring and Education officer of an NGO Alive and thrive ,Mr Fadikpe Joseph said that NAFDAC understand the place of partnership with NGOs and relevant stakeholders for sensitization hence the need for the  collaboration.

He said the sixty participants who attended the workshop are expected to cascade the knowledge about the Regulation marketing Code of breastmilk substitute,which became necessary due to poor exclusive breastfeeding attitude observed among mothers.

Teddy Daniels

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