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  • Expectant mothers who attend the Gordon Town Health Centre in East Rural St. Andrew will benefit from a three-month supply of milk under the Postnatal and Antenatal Nutrition Support Programme.
  • The current phase of the programme involves the distribution of three pints or approximately 1.5 litres of milk free of cost each week for three months to pregnant women who are registered at antenatal clinics of several health centres and hospitals across the country.
  • Other health centres still to benefit are Kingston and St. Andrew Comprehensive Clinic at Slipe Road in Kingston; Stony Hill Health Centre, St. Andrew; St Jago Health Centre, Spanish Town, and Linstead Health Centre in St. Catherine; and May Pen Health Centre in Clarendon.

Expectant mothers who attend the Gordon Town Health Centre in East Rural St. Andrew will benefit from a three-month supply of milk under the Postnatal and Antenatal Nutrition Support Programme.

The project is implemented by the Jamaica Dairy Development Board, in partnership with milk processors Edwards Dairy, Island Dairies and Serge Island Dairies.

The current phase of the programme involves the distribution of three pints or approximately 1.5 litres of milk free of cost each week for three months to pregnant women who are registered at antenatal clinics of several health centres and hospitals across the country.

The aim is to improve the health of pregnant mothers and their babies and to encourage pregnant women to drink milk.

In her remarks at the presentation ceremony, held at the Gordon Town Health Centre, Wednesday (November 23), Deputy Chairman of the Jamaica Dairy Development Board, Dr. Sophia Ramlal, said milk is an important source of calcium, potassium, vitamins, proteins and healthy fats.

“Of course once the baby is born, we want you to breastfeed (and) we want you to ensure that you are keeping yourselves healthy,” Dr. Ramlal told the pregnant women.

She noted that the Dairy Board team is grateful to the various partners who have been working on the programme.

“There are 50 mothers who are registered at this clinic for this programme. Having gone around the island, at the end of this we will have some 500 mothers that will benefit,” Dr. Ramlal said.

For his part, General Manager, Serge Island Farms, Dr. Gavin Bellamy, said he is pleased that his organisation is participating in this initiative.

“We are here to contribute this milk to help in your development, your health and your preparation and the development of your child. Milk is one of the few things that can be considered a complete diet. It contains protein, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and a lot of water,” Dr. Bellamy said.

Meanwhile, Member of Parliament for East Rural St. Andrew, the Most. Hon. Juliet Holness, said she is delighted that the Jamaica Dairy Development Board decided to make her constituency a part of the programme.

“Milk is one of the primary products that help to put back proper protein in the body, particularly while you are pregnant and when you are in the process of needing to breastfeed, where the baby is pulling on your nutrients and your resources as a mother,” Mrs. Holness said.

The programme is being implemented in at least one location per parish. Presentations have already been made at the Montego Bay Type 5 Clinic and Cambridge Health Centre, St. James; Ramble

Health Centre, Hanover; Savanna-la-Mar Health Centre, Westmoreland; Falmouth Clinic, Trelawny; Alexandria Hospital, St. Ann; New Market Health Centre and Aberdeen Clinic, St. Elizabeth; Mandeville Comprehensive Clinic, Manchester; Oracabessa Health Centre, St. Mary; Port Antonio Health Centre, Portland; Morant Bay Health Centre, St. Thomas; and Sunrise Health Centre in St, Andrew.

Other health centres still to benefit are Kingston and St. Andrew Comprehensive Clinic at Slipe Road in Kingston; Stony Hill Health Centre, St. Andrew; St Jago Health Centre, Spanish Town, and Linstead Health Centre in St. Catherine; and May Pen Health Centre in Clarendon.