ZCMC milk bank facility unveiled PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 11 June 2013 11:07

Mayor Celso Lobregat, together with District I Representative and Mayor-elect Ma. Isabelle Climaco-Salazar, joined guests and local health officials in the inauguration of the City’s Human Milk Bank at the Zamboanga City Medical Center (ZCMC) yesterday, June 10.

In his message, Lobregat congratulated the ZCMC on the opening of its newest facility which aims to promote breastfeeding, and in the long run, encourage nursing mothers to donate human milk which will be processed and dispensed by the milk bank to recipient infants.

“The national government through the Department of Health advocates for the giving of breast milk to children below two years old.” said Lobregat. “For years now, ZCMC has remained committed to this advocacy through the prohibition of bottled or formula milk in your OB-Gyne ward.”

Lobregat further noted that the vigilance of the entire ward to ensure compliance to the policy is truly admirable. “That is commitment,” added Lobregat.

The Human Milk Bank is a program spearheaded by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), in partnership with the City Government, through the City Health Office (CHO), and the ZCMC. UNICEF approved the grant for the establishment of the milk bank, which was facilitated by representative Climaco-Salazar.

The three-month old facility is located at the 2nd floor of the Laboratory Building of the ZCMC. It is one of the four milk banks in the country, and the first bank established in a city outside Metro Manila. — Jasmine Mohammadsali