By Hawa Amara
Non-governmental organisation, Focus 1000, in collaboration with Ministry of Health and Sanitation and Catholic Relief Services, last Friday concluded a two-day workshop and participation campaign on strengthening nutrition and immunization in the country.
The workshop, held at the Young Women Christian Association hall in Freetown, brought together civil society organizations, journalists and non-governmental organization, to share ideas on nutrition and vaccination campaign across the country.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Focus 1000, Alhaji Mohamed Jalloh, said they work with the Health Ministry and CRS to disseminate information on immunisation, nutrition and related issues to the nook and cranny of the nation, because it is priority and part of the human rights of lactating mothers and their babies.
“We want to take it (immunisation) to every door step throughout the country. The workshop is also to identify all NGOs and CSOs working on nutrition and vaccination business, [and] to improve it further,” he said.
He called on lactating mothers to ensure they and their babies are inoculated, to prevent diseases, as the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) will not be achieved without nutrition and immunisation.
Health and Nutrition Program Manager, Melrose Tucker, emphasised that government and lactating mothers should pay serious attention to nutrition, adding that “Children need nutrition to help them grow well.”