Ministry expands support for working and breastfeeding mothers

Fatimah (left) at one of the convention booths.

SIBU (August 6): Sarawak’s Ministry of Women’s Development, Children’s and Community Welfare reaffirms its commitment to provide a support system for working and breastfeeding mothers by establishing on-site child care centers work.

Speaking at the opening of the Sibu Breastfeeding Support Group’s 2022 convention at the Kingwood Hotel here today, its minister Dato Sri Fatimah Abdullah said there are currently ten child care centers at the venue. work in Sarawak.

“The ministry has always encouraged ministries and private sectors to set up taska (daycare) in the workplace, so that when it comes time for mothers to breastfeed, they can always go to the taska.

“These taska and kindergartens are registered with the ministry, where the safety of children is the main concern of the ministry,” she said.

According to Fatimah, the Sarawak government has provided special annual grants (GTKs) to 581 day care centers and kindergartens registered with early childhood education institutions since 2019.

Of these, 478 are kindergartens with 23,667 children and 103 taska with 1,709 children, she added.

One of the purposes of the grant, she said, was to purchase a cooler or refrigerator to allow operators to store expressed breast milk from mothers to give to babies during feedings.

She explained that her ministry had channeled around RM43.695 million to 8,739 registered kindergartens and day care centres.

“For 2022, as of July, we have received 2,798 grant applications,” she said, adding that currently there are 24 baby-friendly clinics (KRBs) and 19 friendly hospital initiatives. babies (BFHI) in the state.

She expressed hope that this number would increase in order to provide greater support to working mothers as well as breastfeeding mothers.

Also present at the event were the convention’s organizing chairperson, Dayang Normaliza Awang Tambi, and the director of Sibu Hospital, Dr. Nanthakumar Thirunavukkarasu.

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