The Ministry of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine, World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) have appealed to all relevant parties to be mindful of the continued need for breastfeeding of infants during the current flood and landslide emergency, and caution against unnecessary and potentially harmful donations and use of infant formula and powdered milk.In emergency situations where food supplies and access to safe water is extremely limited, infants and children in affected areas remain highly vulnerable to diarrhea and other diseases. Breast milk can provide the critical nutrients and immune support to infants which can help protect against infections. Due to the risks associated with the preparation of formula and powdered milk in an emergency situation where clean water, clean pots and cooking facilities are not available, the health risks to infants who are not breastfed is significantly higher.Donations of formula milk increases the vulnerability of infants exposing them to infection, diarrhea and other severe complications. Hence donations of formula milk or powdered milk must be avoided in emergencies. Where necessary, for orphaned infants it will be supplied by the Ministry of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine (MoH) or the Provincial/District level health authorities.It is important not to lose sight of what is best for infants and children and to foster an environment in which mothers are encouraged to continue breastfeeding and safe complementary feeding in the difficult circumstances following the flood and landslide disaster. (Colombo Gazette) The health risks for babies who are not breastfed can be significantly higher. Every effort should be taken to protect and support breastfeeding among all breastfeeding mothers affected by the disaster. “We are facing a severe challenge with the current emergency and this can lead to risk of sickness and diseaseamong children” said Dr. Sarath Amunugama actg. Director General of Health Services of the Ministry of Health.“Continued breastfeeding is critical to ensure good health and well-being of infants and toddlers up to 2 years ofage”. All infants up to 6 months of age should be exclusively breastfed even during a time of disaster. Children up to the age of 2 years and beyond should be given breast milk along with safe and adequate complementary feeding as per the national guidelines. Giving infant formula during a disaster situation can easily create a double disaster, as infants given formula will invariably develop diarrheal diseases and lead to higher risk of death.
India Today Web Desk New DelhiJuly 17, 2019UPDATED: July 17, 2019 19:26 IST Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju meets athletes for morning exercise, breakfast (IANS)HIGHLIGHTSWe have decided to allocate the diet budget according to the athlete’s requirement`: Sports Minister Kiren RijijuFor Tokyo 2020, we are going to make ‘India Houe’ to ensure we address their food-related needs, said RijijuOur athletes must be given food which they are provided as per their choice in our country, said RijijuSports Minister Kiren Rijiju has announced that India House will be set up in Tokyo ahead of the 2020 Olympics to provide hygienic food to Indian athletes who are going to participate in the Games.”In international events, our athletes must be given food which they are provided as per their choice in our country. We must make it available wherever they go. For Tokyo 2020 also, we are going to make ‘India House’ (in the Games Village) to ensure we address their food-related needs along with providing technical support to the athletes as well as the officials.”That is why I am taking the first-hand experience by visiting these iconic sports establishments in the country.”Diet forms the integral part of a player’s performance. During my visit to the National Sports Institute, Patiala, I observed that the junior athletes were given a certain range of food, while the seniors were provided different category. The budgetary allocation of the food was done on the basis of the age groups. I have learnt that all the players require different kind of food. We have decided to allocate the diet budget according to the athlete’s requirement, as well as according to the diet prescribed by the nutritionists or dieticians (and not by the age),” Rijiju said.”I have tried to pick up some of those institutes and centres where we have the best potential and can get immediate results from. These are those low-lying fruits which we need to pick up. The ASI is well known and has given us results also. I am impressed with the way the army have managed and given all kind of support to produce world-class athletes. We will see what we can do with the ministry and the army, to improve the centre further,” Kiren Rijiju said.advertisementRead more | Deepika Kumari settles for silver in 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games test eventAlso see: For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow Kiren RijijuFollow Sports MinisterFollow Tokyo Olympics 2020Follow Indian athletes Next We are going to make India House for 2020 Tokyo Olympics: Kiren RijijuKiren Rijiju said that he would himself lead an Indian delegation to Tokyo as a part of Olympic preparations.advertisement