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Dame Emmanuella Fashola (2nd L), Mr. Peter Eshikera (2nd R), Miss Feyi Sodipo (L) and the Nigeria Artist, M.I (R) during the ceremony.
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Jul 10, 2012 - Improved Child Healthcare: Dame Fashola Encourages Regular Milk Intakes
First Lady of Lagos State, Dame Emmanuella Abimbola Fashola called on parents to always provide milk for their children to boost their immune systems.
She made this call at the sensitization programme on the importance of milk intake, organised by WAMPCO, maker of Peak Milk, which was tagged Friesland Campina in Lagos recently.
According to the First Lady, who was accompanied by the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria Miss Feyi Sodipo, most intelligent and healthy adults of nowadays took a lot of milk while they were young indicate that parents must encourage their children to drink milk.
Using herself as an example, Dame Fashola said that she drinks milk three times a day, adding that milk intake has been her habit from childhood.
As she put it, "I'm a lover of milk and I drink milk regularly. When I was five year-old, I loved to take my milk. My mother brought us up with regular milk intake. We always take milk. Perhaps that is why my skin is good. Adults are supposed to take milk like children too."
The First Lady bemoaned the low intake of milk in Nigeria compared to other countries despite its high population, calling on the society to embrace milk as part of its healthcare culture.
"I want to encourage everyone to take milk. Nigeria must not come last in milk drinking. It is unlike us. Milk brings out the energy in a man. Even when one is old, the skin will still look fresh. We should not dilute our milk too much so that we can get the real nutrients. It will nourish our skin, ones we take it every morning. It improves our brain," she stated.
In her presentation, a nutritionist, Mrs. Ijewere spoke about the usefulness and functions of milk in the body, urging children to always drink it. According to her, milk is a good source of strength and beauty. She explained that milk contains calcium, which is the key nutrient in bones and teeth.
She said, " It also contains Vitamin D, which prevents bone deformation and Niacin for growth and development of nervous system. It is also a good source of protein, which repairs the body cells".