Independent TD Mattie McGrath has extended his sincere congratulations to the maternity staff at South Tipperary General Hospital (STGH) after it achieved a prestigious Baby Friendly Hospital status award. The award, which is part of the global programme of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reflects magnificently on the hospitals efforts to implement best practice in maternity services and provide an environment that supports breastfeeding as the norm:
“This is a wonderful piece of news for the staff and patients of STGH who have come to depend on the professionalism and care of the maternity services at the hospital.
At a the time when the hospital is facing continuing challenges in so many areas, this is one piece of great news that we can all compliment and be proud of.
The award is a clear indication of the esteem which the maternity unit at the hospital is held in both locally and nationally.
I know from my own families experience that the staff are second to none when it comes to offering compassionate and dedicated care.
I also want to thank Dr Genevieve Becker, National Co-ordinator for the Baby Friendly Health Initiative (BFHI) for presenting the award and Peter Power, Executive Director, Unicef Ireland, who both offered gracious words with respect to STGH’s commitment to giving our children the best possible nutritional start in life,” concluded Deputy McGrath.