The Ministry of Health and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is pleased to announce that Western Regional Hospital and the San Ignacio Community Hospital are the latest public hospitals to have met the necessary international requirements to be certified as Mother and Baby Friendly Hospitals.
Both hospitals will be had certification ceremonies to celebrate this achievement on Wednesday August 29th, 2012 at each of the hospital’s grounds. Western Region Hospital’s ceremony commenced at 8:30am and the San Ignacio Community Hospital’s ceremony commenced at 2:00pm.
The Minister of Health, Hon. Pablo Marin is especially proud of this achievement because we can now boast of having all seven public hospitals across the country recognized as Mother and Baby Friendly. The Maternal and Child Health Unit of the Ministry committed to ensure that the hospitals across the country met all the necessary criteria in the promotion, protection and support of successful breastfeeding. No private hospital has yet to achieve this certification.
The Mother and Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative (MBFHI) is a global program sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to encourage and recognize hospitals that offer an optimal level of care for infant feeding. Breastfed infants have a decreased risk of diarrhea, respiratory, ear infections, and allergic skin disorders among others.
The MBFHI is an effort to ensure that all hospitals become centers for breastfeeding support. The hospital becomes “Mother and Baby friendly” when it has successfully implemented 10 specific steps to support successful breastfeeding.
The Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, Corozal Community Hospital and Northern Regional Hospital were all certified in 2008. Punta Gorda Community Hospital and Southern Regional Hospital were subsequently certified in the month of August and December 2010.
This has been a health and wellness message from your Ministry of Health.
For More Information contact:
Dr. Natalia Beer
Director, Maternal and Child Health
Ministry of Health
501-822-2363 / 2325