Govt to set up breast milk banks for premature babies in Sarawak hospitals

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KUCHING, Oct 29: Breast milk banks in Neonatal Care Units will be set up for premature babies in Sarawak hospitals as well as those in Penang, Johor, Terengganu and Sabah.

Finance Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz said that this is one of the three measures by the Federal government totalling RM24 million to address the issue of malnutrition especially among urban poor children when presenting Budget 2022 inParliament today.

The other two initiatives included expanding the Community Feeding Programme in Selangor, Johor, Penang, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya, which provides supplementary food five times a week to 100 children aged 1 to 6, and increasing the number of Malnutrition Rehabilitation Programme recipients to over 1,100 children in the country.

Meanwhile, Tengku Zafrul said a RM10 million fund will be allocated to encourage Sarawak and Sabah children to deepen their knowledge relating to culture and heritage.

This is one of the steps mapped out in the government’s efforts for the development of all races in Malaysia, other than the RM200 million for the Chinese, RM145 million for the Indians, and RM274 million for indigenous communities. — DayakDaily