The Health Ministry on Monday reminded women that it is important for them to go for regular health checks from the start of pregnancy until their children are two years old to prevent problems related to nutrition deficiency.
Tung Rathavy, director of the Ministry’s National Maternal and Child Health Centre, said children who do not get enough nutrition during the first 1,000-days of their lives are prone to becoming sick frequently and suffer from malnutrition, which could lead to death.
“Women should monitor their health while their babies are still in the womb until the children are two years old,” she said. “All pregnant women must go for regular health checks.”
Speaking during an event to mark the 8th National Day on Maternal, Newborn and Child Health under the theme ‘The importance of nutrition during the first 1,000 days of life’, Ms Rathavy said that the two-year period is crucial for the survival of babies.
“We chose this year’s theme in accordance with government policies which focus on healthcare for women, mothers and newborns with the goal of helping all women to receive equal and quality care and treatment services,” Ms Rathavy said.
Cambodian Red Cross President Bun Rany said in a statement recently that the 8th National Day on Maternal, Newborn and Child Health will fall on Thursday and she urged all pregnant women to take care of their health for the well-being of their babies.
“I want to call on the leader, government officials, health officials and service providers to join together and support the implementation of social protection policies of the Cambodian government to reduce maternal and infancy mortality rates,” she said.