Tuesday, August 23, 2011

formular milk on prescription to reduce infant mortality

Of all the things that the Minister of health could target to address the issue of infant mortality he decided to go for formula milk. A few year's back formula was considered the healthy option but that's besides the point. Did the Minister consider the situation at the state clinic where for any ailment you take a child in for you are given panado syrup and the terrible treatment in general that people receive from the health administers in various government hospital and clinics.

As far as I understand malnutrition is also one of the causes of  infant mortality. food prices increase rapidly and unfortunately one cannot even say that veges and fruits are cheaper because they are not, baby food prices are even worse , now considering that we have a lot of people living below the bread line what are the chances that they will be able to feed infants the right food let alone afford formula milk.

I have also heard of some research that has established that the vaccines that are administered to babies can also weaken their immune system, whether true or not  I think formula milk is the last thing the Minister should be gunning for unless formula milk has been declared the number one cause of infant mortality, instead maybe he should look at subsidising healthy baby food and improving the health care system focusing on how to better treat babies and how to do it efficiently.

There's bigger infant health problems to address than formula milk.