Shija Hospitals & Research Institute Pvt Ltd, Imphal conducted a one-day awareness programme on the theme “Enabling breastfeeding: Making a difference for working parents” in observance of World Breastfeeding Week on Sunday at Shija Auditorium, Langol.
The event was organised in partnership with multiple organizations, including the Breastfeeding Promotion Alliance of Manipur (BPAM), the Indian Medical Association - Manipur State Branch (IMA - MSB), the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA), the Imphal Obstetrics & Gynaecological Society (IOGS), the Pediatric Association of Manipur (PAM) and the Trained Nurses Association of India (TNAI), Santosh Shekhar, DGM – Business Development & Operation said in a release.
Dr Palin Khundongbam, CMD Shija Hospitals; Professor N Kameshwar, President PAM & HOD Paediatrics, JNIMS and Dr Aribam Ibotombi Sharma, President BPAM & MS Raj Medicity graced the event as chief guest, guest of honor and president respectively. Both clinical and non-clinical staff from Shija Hospitals participated in the program, including tutors from the Shija Academy of Nursing and the Shija Paramedical Research Academy.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr Palin Khundongbam highlighted the importance of supporting and facilitating breastfeeding among working mothers and fathers, ultimately contributing to a healthier and more balanced work-life experience. He also stated that elevating the work conditions for female employees of Shija Hospitals is projected to not only enhance their job satisfaction but also contribute to more satisfaction among the patients.
Dr Laishram Shyamkumar Singh, Consultant Paediatrician - Imphal Hospital & Founder Member BPAM underscored the importance and benefits of breastfeeding while Dr Aribam Ibotombi Sharma highlighted the correlation between breastfeeding and the Intelligence Quotient (IQ) of children. He strongly advocated for breastfeeding to enhance child development, the press release said.
Shija Hospitals firmly believes in empowering working parents with the right information and support that will positively impact families and the community at large, Santosh Shekhar, DGM – Business Development & Operation said.
With the recent NABH Accreditation to Shija Hospitals, it is planning to expand the creche facility on its campus, offering a safe environment for the children of working parents and to not only boost both mother and child’s health but also cultivate a strong bond between them. The hospital also provides a maximum of 26 weeks paid leave to the ESIC insured women, the release added.