LAHORE - Punjab Health Director General Dr Tanvir Hussain on Monday said that breastfeeding develops resistance against diseases which reduces infant mortality rate.
Addressing a function held in connection with global breastfeeding week, he said that chances of breast cancer reduce among mothers who breastfeed their babies while the birth gap also increases naturally which leaves a positive impact on the health of both mother and child. Lady Health Workers Programme Coordinator Dr Akhtar Rasheed Malik, Dr Rana Mushtaq of Unicef, Dr Jamil of UNFPA, officers of health department and a large number of lady health workers, lady health supervisors and other staff were also present. Dr Tanvir Hussain said that feeding of children for two years is obligatory for Muslim mothers.
Dr Akhtar Rasheed Malik said that the role of lady health workers is important for creating awareness about principles of hygiene among women. He said the government has regularised the services of more than 47000 lady health workers, lady health supervisors and other staff. He said that Punjab is the only province where salaries are being paid to lady health workers regularly. He said that 466 centres are being set up at district and tehsil levels during current year for the treatment of children suffering from malnutrition and government will spend Rs 9 billion on this programme during three years.