Aizawl, Aug 3: State Health Minister Lal Thanzara today inaugurated World Breast Feeding Week here in the state capital Aizawl. With this Mizoram joined 170 different countries in the world in observing World Breast Feeding Week during 1-7 August.
World Alliance for Breast Feeding Action (WABA) had in 1992 declared to observe World Breast Feeding Week every year to make people aware of the importance of breast feeding. The Week’s theme for this year is ‘Breast Feeding and Work: Let’s make it work’.
Speaking in the programme of World Breast Feeding Week inauguration which was held at Aizawl Civil Hospital Conference Hall (Block I), Health Minister Lal Thanzara said that along with the increase in the number of mothers working in offices, it is the responsibility of the government, the society and the family to take steps and make arrangement so that breast feeding may be continued.
He said that the key message of this year’s theme is to highlight the importance of breast feeding by mothers in spite of doing office work the absence of which has often caused high number of unhealthy children and infant deaths.
Citing the steps taken by the state government to promote breast feeding, Health Minister said that there are 2 Lactation Counsellors at Aizawl Civil Hospital and a good result has been seen through the service they are providing.
As per plan, Dialysis machine will be purchased soon for Aizawl Civil Hospital and Lunglei Civil Hospital, he added. Dr K.Ropari, Principal Director, Health & Family Welfare Department, Dr Lalmalsawmi Hmar, HoD, Paediatrics Dept. and Dr Lalhmuchhuaka, Deputy Medical Superintendent, Kulikawn Hospital gave important instructions on breast feeding to the gathering in the programme which was presided over by Hospital & Medical Education Director Dr Lalbiakkima and attended, among others, by women members of different Churches and representatives of NGOs.