Health Desk—April 10, 2017: Health experts on Sunday said that lack of breastfeeding could cause different physical complexities among infants like stunting and also hampers nutrition.
They also emphasised exclusive breastfeeding and ensuring maternal nutrition and urged people to stop child marriage.
They made the remarks at a discussion on Child Health and Nutrition organised by Poriprekkhit, a non-government organization, in a city hotel.
Prof Dr Manzoor Hussain, director of Dhaka Shishu Hospital, said infant mortality rate in Bangladesh has decreased remarkably but malnutrition and physical complexities among children are still prevailing which are the barriers to achieve Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) in health.
Speaking as the chief guest, Health and Family Welfare Minister Mohammad Nasim said child marriage has to be prevented. Poverty is another reason of malnutrition, he added.
Prof Abul Kalam Azad, director general at the Directorate General of Health Services, said infants who suffer from malnutrition inside mother’s womb are at risk of being affected by non-communicable diseases, like diabetes and heart attack.
Syed Borhan Kabir, Poriprekkhit executive director; Dr Syed Modasser Ali, former health adviser to the prime minister; Roxana Kader, additional secretary of health ministry; Prof Sharfuddin Ahmed, pro-vice-chancellor of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University; Prof SK Roy, chairperson of Bangladesh Breast Feeding Foundation; Mozharul Islam Mamun, director of Institute of Public Health and Nutrition; among others, spoke on the occasion.