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Antenatal mothers get supplies of milk from Dairy Development Board project

Published:Tuesday | August 16, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Antenatal mothers sample Serge Island milk during the official presentation at the Montego Bay Health Centre.

The Dairy Development Board of the Ministry of Agriculture, along with its private-sector partners, recently took its milk promotion campaign to western Jamaica, where their representatives provided fresh milk to antenatal mothers at several of the region's clinics.

The project was initiated to assist in improving the general health of Jamaicans, particularly pregnant mothers, and was a follow-up to World Milk Day, which was observed recently. The first presentation was held at the Montego Bay Type V Health Centre and was sponsored by St Ann-based Island Dairies.

Island Dairies marketing manager Livingston Binns said his company was pleased to provide support to the project as pregnant and lactating mothers, in particular, need to get additional nutritional support.

"We are happy to provide to this cause to supply fresh milk, at least three pints per person per week, for six weeks ... . Hopefully, we will be having healthy babies and easier deliveries if the mothers adhere to drinking adequate amounts of fresh milk," Binns said.




In her address, medical officer of health for St James, Dr Marcia Johnson-Campbell, expressed thanks to the dairy partners for their support and encouraged the mothers to strive to take the best care of themselves.

"You will receive supplements; you will receive support. But beyond that, you have to have the power to make the corrections every single day about your life and the life of your child. We also recognise that the health-care system cannot function on its own; and we are always looking for partners - public-private partnerships, partnerships with NGOs, partnerships with other government agencies - in order to achieve our long-term goals," Johnson-Campbell said.

"Whatever the vision is, it requires partnership. No one agency can do it alone, and we are very appreciative of the partnership that has been established here today and look forward to the continuation," she added.