Rwanda Express (Kigali)

27 June 2012

Rwanda: Ngororero - Parents Called to Learn Children's Healthy Progress

In order to prepare for the future, Rwandan government and other countries have introduced different programs to teach and help parents and nurses on promoting children growth charts.

In spite the effort; residents have not understood the programs as some mothers we found at the health centre in Nyange sector of Ngororero district told us.

Although some programs like MCHIP (Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program) and Ngororero district stake holders sensitise health providers on how to cater for the life of expectant mothers and their unborn babies, sensitization is still needed among the parents.

UN children department explains child growth chart as a range of different services given to children, their parents and those who take care of them until they are age 8.

This is aimed at enabling the child have the physical growth, mental growth, social interaction among others.

In Rwanda, children health chart is a systematic order of politics and services on caring for the child from birth to six years of age.

This method helps the parents and other care takers to give the child necessary food and training for better growth.

However, parents say it's not possible because they understand the health chart as feeding the baby good food only, which they say they cannot afford due to poverty.

Angelique Mugirente, a midwife in MHCIP program asserts that; encouraging pregnant women to visit health centers, to eat balanced diet, give birth from the hospital, registering babies within 15 days after birth and to breast feed babies only from birth to six months should be given the consideration in this program.

Encouraging parents to introduce food from six months and to take it for vaccination also helps the child to grow well, adds Mugirente.

Talking and playing with your child, seeking medical care when sick, and embracing all government programs meant for parents help the children to grow well.

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