‘Mmore Koko’ getting babies drunk – GHS cautions mothers

Porridge prepared from sieved maize, otherwise known as ‘Mmore Koko’ in the local parlance has the tendency of getting babies who are fed with it drunk, the Ghana Health Service has revealed.

The pudding that has over the years been the ideal meal for babies due to its easy-to-prepare nature and affordability is made from fermenting blended maize and made into a meal for babies.

But when the maize is kept for too long, it turns into alcohol for these babies, which according to the Ghana Health Service is not good for the brain development of babies, especially those that are getting off exclusive breastfeeding.

This forces the baby to sleep and the result is that the baby misses some meals during the day.

Participants at the UNICEF media workshop
Mothers have therefore been advised not to serve only this porridge, and if they do they do not have to ferment the maize, and ultimately the pudding must be fortified.

Greater Accra Regional Nutritional Officer, GHS, Faustina Vimariba Tour made this known to the media on the sidelines of a media workshop for journalists organized by UNICEF.

The workshop was on the theme ‘Equipping media workers with information to support media reportage on nutrition and nurturing care.

The exercise hosted some 20 journalists from media houses across the capital and had representatives from UNICEF as well as the Ghana Health Service as speakers.

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