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Baby-friendly hospital fetes spastic children


JOHOR BARU: About 1,000 people comprising hospital staff, patients, doctors and children from the Spastic Children's Association of Johor (SCAJ) attended a "Merdeka Raya" celebration at the KPJ Johor Specialist Hospital, here, recently.

It was also held in conjunction with a plaque presentation ceremony to acknowledge the hospital as a  baby-friendly facility in accordance with World Health Organisation and United Nations Children's Fund  standards.

Present were Johor Health Department director Dr Mohd Khairi Yakub, KPJ Healthcare Bhd managing director Datin Paduka Siti Sa'diah Sheikh Bakir, KPJ Johor Specialist Hospital executive director and chief executive officer Norita Ahmad, KPJ Johor Specialist Hospital medical director Dr Hafetz Ahmad, and SCAJ ordinary treasurer Mohd Daruis Zainuddin.

It was a carnival-like atmosphere as people mingled with each other  and tucked into a variety of Hari Raya delicacies as hospital staff entertained guests with Merdeka and Raya songs.  

Each of the 20 SCAJ children received  duit raya and other goodies from the hospital's management.

Siti Sa'diah presented a RM2,000 cheque and other gifts to Daruis.

The money was from proceeds of the three-week long Ramadan charity bazaar which was held at the hospital's lobby recently.

The Baby-Friendly Hospital Plaque was handed over by Dr Khairi  to  Dr Hafetz  and the hospital's Baby-Friendly Committee chairman,  Dr Mohd Khaidir Mat Aris.

KPJ Johor Specialist Hospital was recognised as a  baby-friendly hospital on April 5 this year by the Health Ministry.

It is  the eight private hospital in Malaysia to be awarded with  such a status.

However, the certification is only for two years, and has to be renewed upon successful application.

The initiative is a global effort to improve the role of maternity services by hospitals to enable mothers to breast-feed their babies for at least the first six months after  birth.

Studies have shown that breast-fed babies are less likely to suffer from  illnesses, including gastroenteritis, asthma, eczema, and respiratory and ear infections.

A baby-friendly hospital  provides  the necessary facilities, information and professionals to encourage  mothers to exclusively breast-feed  their babies.

(From left) Johor Health Department director Dr Mohd Khairi Yakub, KPJ Johor Specialist Hospital medical director Dr Hafetz Ahmad, KPJ Healthcare Bhd maanging director Datin Paduka Siti Sa’diah Sheikh Bakir, Dr Mohd Khairidr Khaidir Mat Aris, and hospital chief executive officer Norita Ahmad during at the plaque presentation ceremony. Pic courtesy of KPJ Johor Specialist Hospital

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