Syor Pusat Laktasi Kebangsaan dinaik taraf

© Provided by Berita Harian Timbalan Menteri Kesihatan, Datuk Dr Noor Azmi Ghazali (dua dari kiri) melancarkan “Minggu Penyusuan Ibu Sedunia Peringkat Pusat Laktasi Kebangsaan 2021” di Auditorium Hospital Tunku Azizah, Kuala Lumpur. Turut sama Ketua Pusat Laktasi Kebangsaan, Kementerian Kesihatan Malaysia, Dr Noor Haliza Yussoff (dua kanan). – Foto FARIZ ISWADI ISMAIL mahani@bh.com,my

KUALA LUMPUR: Pusat Laktasi Kebangsaan disyor dinaik taraf kepada Institut Laktasi Negara (ILN) bagi meningkatkan kesedaran mengenai manfaat penyusuan susu ibu yang lebih meluas.

Ini kerana agensi itu mengetuai program penyusuan susu ibu yang diwujudkan lebih 13 tahun lalu.

Timbalan Menteri Kesihatan 1, Datuk Dr Noor Azmi Ghazali, berkata pada masa sama usaha memperkasakan sokongan perlu diperkukuhkan supaya penyusuan susu ibu dapat dipraktikkan di mana sahaja.

“Kementerian Kesihatan (KKM) memainkan peranan penting dalam mempromosi, menyokong dan melindungi penyusuan susu ibu di negara ini. Jika dinaik taraf kepada institusi, ia akan memberi manfaat ibu dan bayi.

“Malah ketika pandemik COVID-19 ini, pusat laktasi berkenaan menjadi tempat rujukan berikutan ia mengeluarkan garis panduan berhubung pengurusan penyusuan susu ibu,” katanya.

Beliau berkata demikian selepas merasmikan sambutan Minggu Penyusuan Susu ibu Sedunia peringkat Pusat Laktasi Kebangsaan 2021 di Auditorium Utama, Hospital Tunku Azizah di sini, hari ini.

Yang turut hadir, Pakar Perunding Kanan Obstetrik dan Ginekologi yang juga Ketua Pusat Laktasi Kebangsaan, Dr Noor Haliza Yussoff dan Pengarah Hospital Tunku Azizah, Dr Shamsul Anuar Kamarudin.

Sambutan Minggu Penyusuan Susu Ibu Sedunia disambut dari 1 hingga 7 Ogos dengan temanya pada tahun ini ‘Lindungi Penyusuan Susu Ibu: Tanggungjawab Bersama’.

Tema itu sekali gus menyarankan masyarakat terutama anggota kesihatan, ahli keluarga dan individu supaya memahami bentuk sokongan dan bantuan yang boleh mereka berikan kepada ibu atau wanita menyusu.

Katanya, ia secara tidak langsung dapat meningkatkan keyakinan ibu di dalam meneruskan penyusuan susu ibu secara eksklusif dan seterusnya dapat membantu bagi menjayakan polisi kebangsaan penyusuan susu ibu ini dengan lebih berkesan.

Dr Noor Azmi berkata, penyusuan susu ibu seawal kelahiran dan amalan menyusu susu ibu secara eksklusif juga boleh membantu mengurangkan risiko obesiti dan penyakit kronik seperti hiperkolesterolemia serta penyakit tidak berjangkit seperti diabetes jenis-2 dan hipertensi apabila seseorang itu sudah dewasa.

Katanya, Tinjauan Kesihatan dan Morbiditi Kebangsaan Ketiga pada 2006 menunjukkan 95 peratus ibu di Malaysia menyatakan mereka pernah menyusukan bayi dengan susunya.

Malah, data tahunan yang dikumpul daripada Jabatan Kesihatan Negeri menunjukkan penyusuan susu ibu secara eksklusif pada umur enam bulan meningkat daripada 14.5 peratus pada 2009 kepada 60 peratus pada 2018.

“Data ini menunjukkan wujud kesedaran dalam kalangan ibu bapa mengenai kepentingan penyusuan susu ibu secara eksklusif selama enam bulan serta hasil usaha pelbagai pihak terutama Kementerian Kesihatan(KKM) dan hasil daripada pelaksanaan intervensi yang dijalankan kerajaan,” katanya.

Dalam pada itu, beliau memaklumkan, 100 peratus hospital kerajaan di bawah Kementerian Kesihatan (KKM), Kementerian Pendidikan dan Kementerian Pertahanan diiktiraf sebagai Hospital Rakan Bayi dan usaha ke arah pengiktirafan Klinik Rakan Bayi juga sedang giat berlangsung di seluruh negara.

Katanya, cabaran yang sering dihadapi ibu menyusu adalah salah maklumat, kurang sokongan, promosi secara agresif susu menggunakan formula hingga menyukarkan ibu menyusukan bayi eksklusif enam bulan atau meneruskan hingga bayinya dua tahun seperti disyorkan Pertubuhan Kesihatan Sedunia (WHO),” katanya.

© New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd

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