BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha, Nairobi, hosted its first Annual Health Awareness talk on Friday 11 March 2016 at BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Nairobi, Kenya.
The aim of the event was to provide vital guidance to new and expectant mothers about some of the important issues surrounding one of the most significant times in their lives.
Prof. Grace Irimu, a public health specialist, educated the young mothers and mothers-to-be on the benefits and techniques of breast-feeding She also created awareness on breast milk versus formula milk and how breast-feeding nurtures the relationship between the child and the mother and creates a special lifetime bond.
Dr. Devanshi Pathak, a medical officer, delivered a talk on ‘Osteoporosis’. Regarded as a "silent disease" since bone density is lost over a period of years without evident signs or symptoms, osteoporosis typically remains undiagnosed until it becomes so advanced that the weakened bones are easily fractured. She explained the risk factors related to it and advised on its prevention. Dr. Pathak highlighted that physical activity is important for building healthy bones and advised everyone to walk at least 4 km for 40 minutes, 4 times a week.
More than 220 women attended the seminar which provided valuable information and guidance to young women.