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October 26, 2017

Healthy mothers build healthy nation, which contributes to the stronger country. This was stated by Ms. Bushra Butt, Member Provincial Agency Punjab while addressing the event organized by the HR Wing of Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB)’s project Peaceful Pakistan to endorse awareness of breast cancer issues here today.

She said that mother’s feed for the infants being most hygienic also prevents the chances of breast cancer.  There was a need to make realize the mothers regarding the importance of the issue, which was the foremost duty of the elder mother, in particular and the educationists, medical practitioners and the media to focus on educating the women on the causes, treatment and prevention of breast cancer, she added.

Addressing the audience MPA Bushra Butt shared the efforts of the government of Punjab in promoting healthy well-being among women. She said, “Punjab government is dedicated towards educating women on health issues to prevent prevailing diseases like breast cancer. Special preference is being given to promoting breastfeeding through various campaigns since it is one of the major sources of preventing breast cancer. Through various programs the government of Punjab is reaching out to women in far-fetched areas. The government is also encouraging daycare centers at work place to facilitate breastfeeding mothers.” She discussed the success story of national action plan and said that women were the future of the nation who lay the foundation of a peaceful nation.

Dr Tayyaba Wasim, who delivered an informative session on breast cancer, motivated women to prioritize their health for the betterment of the society.  During the interactive session she said, “Breast cancer is the most common invasive cancer in women, and the second main cause of cancer death in women, after lung cancer. It is believed that every year, one million women are diagnosed with breast cancer making it prevalent in Pakistan. The need to build awareness and help other women take preventive measures is a vital necessity.” She further encouraged the audience to get regular check-ups and build the habit of self-examination to save yourself from the appalling ailment.

Myra Qureshi, CEO Co-Natural, concluded the event with a presentation on the co-relation of cancer and non-organic cosmetics.  The audience were also offered free health consultation and Bone Mineral Density (BMD) test.

Peaceful Pakistan is a government initiative to promote a peaceful narrative and anti-extremism discourse in Pakistan while endorsing peaceful coexistence, interfaith harmony, and national unity.