PSG College of Nursing in association with the Breastfeeding Promotion Network Of India (BPNI) inaugurated the one-week Certificate Course on “Breastfeeding & Infant and Young Child Feeding Counsellor”. For the first time in Tamil Nadu, the ‘4 in 1 Training course on breastfeeding & lactation support skills, complementary feeding HIV & infant feeding and growth monitoring, specially designed for children under 2 years, by a team of National Trainers.
Dr A Jayasudha, Principal presided over welcoming the dignitaries and delegates from various parts of the country. She exemplified the journey of PSG Institutions since its origin and highlighted the recent achievements of PSG Hospitals that added gene to the crown such as the NABH accreditation, initiation of Kamadhenu Milk Banking, Nursing Excellence Award, BPNI World Breastfeeding week 2022 Winners by PSG College of Nursing emphasized the aim to prepare care providers with knowledge.
While delivering the presidential address, Dr. K. Bhanumathi, Project Director, PSG Offshore Health Care Management Services started with ‘Thodudaya Seviyan’ the first verse of the Devaram which cited the epic story of Thirugnanasambandar fed by Goddess Parvati and stressed the importance of creating awareness among HITI community people such as IT Professionals, working mothers and government to take initiative in establishing lactation room in public places.
Chief Guest Dr.S.Kowsalya, Registrar, Avinashilingam Institute for Home Science and Higher Education for Women appreciated the start of Milk Banking in PSG Hospitals and stated Breast Milk as the perfect food to combat nutritional diseases. She has also been involved in popularising the concepts of the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) which recommends optimal breastfeeding as vital to the lifelong good health and well-being of women and children.
Eminent National Trainers Dr. S. Srinivasan, Course Director, Retired Professor, JIPMER Pondicherry, Dr.K.Kesavulu, Retired Civil Surgeon Paediatrician, Dr. V.Raghunath, Consultant Paediatrician, Dr.Manju Bala Dash, HOD-Obstetrics and Gynaecological Nursing Department Mother Teresa post-graduate and Research Institute of Health Sciences specified the importance of breast milk for every child to reduce the prevalence of malnutrition among under-five children, stop the practice of formula feeding for newborns and extend hands to promote exclusive breastfeeding
The participation is limited to 24 delegates. They are from various professions such as Engineering Commerce, Dietitics and Nursing Medicine. Paediatrics and Homeopathy. The dignitaries wished the delegates to be Lactation Ambassadors and join hands to “Promote Sustain & Support Breastfeeding for a Healthier Planet”.