Panaji, August 4, 2014 …. Minister for Health Shri Laxmikant Parsekar  has highlighted the importance of breastfeeding. He said, mother’s milk is best natural food for babies and that  breastfeeding should be  started soon after the birth to protect the baby from any infections and needs to be continued as long as possible to ensure healthy  generation.

 The Health Minister was speaking on the occasion of the  World Breastfeeding  week celebrations at a function had at the village panchayat hall, Harmal in Pernem taluka.

 The function was organized by the Community Food and Nutrition Extension Unit, Food and Nutrition Board, Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India in collaboration with Department of Woman and Child Development and ICDS Project Pernem.

 The theme of the celebration of this year is ‘Breastfeeding: A winning Goal for Life’.

Speaking further Shri Parsekar elaborated on the theme ‘Breastfeeding: A winning Goal for Life’  and stressed the need to imbibe  good sanskars on the child at their tender age which will help them to become  good citizens and achieve to develop a well cultured society.

 Shri Parsekar and other  dignataries gave away the prizes to the winners of food nutrition competition on the occasion.

 Shri. Sandeep Banaulikar, Demonstration Officer and In-charge, Food and Nutrition Board welcomed the gathering. He explained about breastfeeding and urged the women folks to avail the  benefits from the programmes being implemented under the Food and Nutrition Board.

 Smt. Suverna Thakur, Sarpanch of Harmal and Smt. Vijaya Vernekar, Child Development Project Officer also spoke on the occasion.