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Breastfeeding is the best bet

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Message of Child Health Expo-2005, which focusses on diet and common diseases



IT'S PLAYTIME: Girija Vaithyanathan, Education Secretary, interacts with children at the Child Health Expo-2005 in Chennai on Friday. Looking on is Dr. Jayam, paediatrician. — Photo: M. Vedhan

CHENNAI: Models on various options of healthy living for children were on display at the Child Health Expo 2005, organised by the Indian Academy of Paediatrics — Tamil Nadu chapter here on Friday.

While the stress was on promoting breast-feeding for children up to six months as it was World Breastfeeding Week, the expo, sponsored by the UNICEF, had exhibits displaying the components of a healthy diet, healthy living and diseases common among children.

Children from a number of city schools trooped in and were guided around the stalls and explained about the products. Over 35 institutions, including several Government departments, colleges, hospitals, and NGOs participated in the exhibition.

Earlier, at a meeting organised to observe Breast Feeding Week, Education Secretary Girija Vaidyanathan said the message of breast-feeding could not be overemphasised. It was essential to disseminate information so that it reached all mothers.

Maternal and child health was a very important aspect, the promotion of which required the participation of the entire society, she said.

She urged nurses and doctors to function effectively together as development and results were most significant. UNICEF State representative Tim Schaffter appreciated IAP for giving the public easy access to learn about health messages, especially breast-feeding and using iodised salt.

Dr. S. Jayam of the Sahisnatha Vijaya Institute of Child Health stressed the need to breast-feed the child for six months, without any disruption.

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