A workshop was organised at Advanced Paediatric Centre of the Post- Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), to mark the World Health Day on 'food safety' on Monday.
The programme was jointly organised by the division of social paediatrics, PGIMER, and school health authorities.
Participants in the programme were supervisors and workers of mid-day meal programme along with their in-charge teachers. The workshop was also attended by over 300 delegates from various schools of the city.
Sukhwinder Singh, designated officer, Food Licensing Authority, Chandigarh, highlighted various administrative, managerial and legal issues related to the mid-day meal and food safety.
He also addressed various doubts voiced by participants and assured them of technical and administrative help in optimising mid-day meal programme in Chandigarh.
He also emphasised the need for urgent registration of all mid-day meal kitchens.
Dr Sahul Bharti, director, BHIM, explained epidemiological aspects of food and water borne diseases and threats to mid-day school programme from pathological perspective.
Dr Neelam Taneja, professor of microbiology, PGIMER, explained the fundamental importance of microbes and aseptic practices to safeguard food.
Dr Bhavneet Bharti, additional professor, Advanced Paediatric Centre, echoed the importance of personal hygiene and sanitation in kitchens and cooking places of mid-day meal programmes.
Public health body to hold several activities to mark event today
The Indian Public Health Association, PGIMER, Chandigarh, will organise a series of activities to mark World Health Day - falling on April 7 - on 'Food safety: From farm to plate, make food safe' on Tuesday.
On this occasion, a health education session will be held at anganwadis, while a stall for identification of food adulterants at house-hold level will be displayed at the New Outpatient Department (OPD).
An exhibition of educational material pertaining to healthy foods and a symposium on the World Health Day will be held at NINE Auditorium of the institute.
A symposium covering topics on food safety regulations in India, food safety from farm to market, food fortification, and food safety from market to fork will be organised at the NINE Auditorium at 3.30pm.
Every year, the World Health Organisation selects a priority area of the global public health concern as the theme for World Health Day falling on April 7.