Camps held

The Department of Public Health conducted sensitisation camps on breast feeding at two primary health centres near Coimbatore city as part of the World Breast Feeding Week (August 1 to 8) observance.

Deputy Director of Health Services S. Senthilkumar inaugurated a camp at the primary health centre at Karamadai on Wednesday. About 200 women attended the camp with their infants.

Dr. Senthilkumar and paediatrician P. Guruswamy explained to the women the benefits of mother's milk to children. Members of the Inner Wheel Club teamed up with the health department in conducting the camp.

On Tuesday, a similar camp was held at Sarcar Samakulam. Students of the PSG College of Nursing performed a skit in which they pointed out the health problems a child could suffer if it were not breast fed. District Health Educator R. Ganesan explained to pregnant mothers and those who had come with their newborns how much immunity mother's milk provided for the children.

K.G. Hospital organised an exhibition and community awareness programmes as part of the observance. An awareness programme by post-graduate students of nursing and a community sensitisation programme at Vilankurichi Village, near the city were among the events to be held during this week.

Kurinji Hospital held a seminar to highlight the benefits of breast feeding. Chairman and Managing Director of the hospital K.C. Ramasamy, gynaecologist R. Sathya and paediatrician Saravanan spoke on how breast feeding built resistance in children to various diseases.

Students of Avanashilingam University performed a cultural event that had the message of the global-level observance as the theme.

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