Bistek orders QC healthcare agencies to support human milk bank

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Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista has ordered the city government’s healthcare agencies to exert all efforts to support the Quezon City Human Milk Bank (QCHMB).

The city government operates QCHMB which is located within the Quezon City General Hospital.

The Human Milk Bank collects and processes the milk donated by healthy lactating mothers then distributes the milk to public hospitals in Quezon City.

“All hospitals should be targeted. Dapat sa Quezon City ay mother-baby friendly hospitals ang lahat,” Quezon City Health Department (QCHD) head Dr. Verdades Peña-Linga said.

As of 2015, there are 56,304 milliliters of breastmilk donated by 629 mothers through the milk-letting activities organized by the QCHD in different barangays.

“Alam naman natin na ang breastmilk can save lives. Dagdagan nang dagdagan ang donation nating milk sa Quezon City General Hospital kasi ‘yun ang ginagamit ng mga batang may low birth weight talaga. It can decrease neo-natal mortality. So, ang ayaw nating mangyari sa Quezon City ay mamamatayan tayo ng mga babies dahil sa kakulangan ng nutrisyon, especially human milk,” Dr. Linga added.

The QC government provides breastfeeding stations within the city hall complex and continuously promotes breastfeeding even in private establishments including malls and transport terminals.

QCHD also offers free immunization package for babies from 0 to 15 months to strengthen and protect babies from common illnesses. Free tetanus toxoid vaccines and iron tablets are given to mothers to encourage professionally-assisted child births. (PNA)