Indus Hospital and Health Network celebrated March Nutrition Month 2023 – an annual Nutrition Education and Information Campaign – with a flurry of engaging and educational activities at several campuses across the Network including, Multan Institute of Kidney Diseases (MIKD), Recep Tayyip Erdogan Hospital (RTEH), Muzaffargarh, and The Indus Hospital, Korangi Campus.
The concept of treatment with food is an ancient one. The invaluable knowledge of how to use food to prevent & treat different diseases and keep the body nourished can only be acquired when one has complete nutritional awareness. The objective of celebrating March Nutrition Month is to increase public awareness of the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating & exercise habits.
Multan Institute of Kidney Diseases, Multan
At Multan Institute of Kidney Diseases (MIKD), a celebratory event was organized by the Nutrition and Administration Department. Dr. Ali Imran Zaidi, Head of Campus; Dr. Tanveer ul Haq, Head of Faculty; Dr. Rashid Asghar, Head of Nephrology; and Imran Shahzad, Admin Manager, attended the concluding event. The Director of Kotham Institute also graced the occasion as a Chief Guest.
Certificates of acknowledgment were distributed among the organizers, including Arija Nasir, Clinical Dietitian, and Nasir Abbas, Deputy Admin Manager. An on-campus awareness walk was also conducted.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan Hospital (RTEH), Muzaffargarh
At Recep Tayyip Erdogan Hospital (RTEH), Muzaffargarh, several activities were organized by the hospital’s Nutrition and Food Services Department. Throughout the month of March, Maria Zainab, Nutritionist, RTEH, held educational sessions for patients and their families in the Outpatient departments, and surgical & medical allied wards. The sessions chronicled the importance of developing sound habits surrounding eating and physical activity.
On the last day of the campaign, the nutrition department organized an on-campus awareness camp for incoming patients. Dr. Shiraz Hasan Bhutta, Faculty Chair, RTEH, attended the event and spoke on how food plays an important role in attaining a healthy lifestyle. By just consuming proper and nutritious food, we can avoid several diseases.
Waqar Ahmed, Head of Operation, went on to explain that IHHN’s mission does not only stop at providing free-of-cost, quality care. It also includes educating the public about various health issues and enabling them to become better-informed decision-makers. RTEH’s nutritional awareness camp and walk were aimed to increase public awareness and empower people to take control of their health.
The Indus Hospital, Korangi Campus, Karachi
At the Indus Hospital, Korangi Campus, the Clinical Nutrition Department conducted a Nutrition Awareness Camp and an all-staff Story Telling Activity.
The camp included a Health Assessment Station, which carried out personalized nutritional assessments with individual stations for males and females. Students from prestigious universities (DOW, Iqra University, RLAK College of Home Economics) were invited to participate in the camp and were given the opportunity to showcase their talent and expertise. Dr. Ashar Alam, Medical Directorate; Dr. Saba Shahid, HOD General Pediatrics; and Ms. Yumna Sadiq, Deputy Manager, Clinical Nutrition Department, served as judges of the competition. The student from RLAK College of Home Economics was the winner of the competition.
For the Story Telling activity, staff were invited to share their stories regarding the connection of mothers with food; this includes any worthwhile incident, experience, short story, lesson, recipe, or relatable moment.