Panafrican News Agency

Congo wants to regulate the sale of breast-milk substitutes

Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The Congolese government wants to regulate the sale of breast milk substitutes through the adoption of a draft decree on the marketing of breast milk substitutes, which will better control the entry and sale of these products in the country, the chief of staff of the Minister of Health and Population, Florent Balandamio, announced on Thursday.

Balandamio at a workshop reminded participants of the need to promote exclusive breastfeeding, which contributes to the good health of infants and significantly reduces the mortality of children under the age of five.

The chief of staff encouraged the public to rigorously regulate breast milk substitutes, which are often the cause of diarrhoeal and respiratory diseases in infants.

"This workshop must be part of the fight against child malnutrition, which is of concern to the United Nations system, as is the Republic of Congo," Dr. Adelheid Onyango, nutrition adviser at WHO-Africa said.

"WHO-Africa reassures the Congolese Government of our multifaceted support for this decree, which aims to guarantee the child's food security."
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