COVID-19 virus can't be transmitted through breast milk: Zweli Mkhize

COVID-19 virus can't be transmitted through breast milk: Zweli Mkhize

Health Minister, Zweli Mkhize has given this assurance to breastfeeding mothers and caregivers in this time of the coronavirus pandemic.

Zweli Mkhize
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He said families, mothers, caregivers and even some healthcare workers, in particular, are worried and asking many questions on whether the coronavirus can be passed on through breast milk and how can they protect themselves and their babies. 

"I can assure you that the COVID-19 virus has not been found in breast milk and research evidence has shown that the virus is not transmitted through breast milk."

He's been speaking at the launch of the World Breastfeeding Week Campaign.

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It's part of global efforts to promote breastfeeding as key child survival and cost-effective intervention even during the pandemic. 

Mkhize says although it's been shown that the virus can't be passed through breast milk, mothers must still practice good hygiene.

He's urged parents to also continue vaccinating their children during this time.

"Many of the illnesses we vaccinate against such as measles, polio, meningitis are much more dangerous for the children than COVID-19. 

"I urge all mothers, fathers, and caregivers not to default on their children's vaccinations for fear of visiting a facility and contracting COVID-19," he added. 

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