Min­istry of Health to launch workshop crèche

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One of the chief rea­sons cited by work­ing moth­ers as bar­ri­ers to con­tin­u­ing op­ti­mal care for their chil­dren has to re­turn to work.

It is rec­om­mended that ba­bies be breast­feed ex­clu­sively for the first six months fol­lowed by in­tro­duc­tion of ap­pro­pri­ate com­ple­men­tary feed, while con­tin­u­ing to breast­feed un­til two years of age and give ap­pro­pri­ate care for proper growth and de­vel­op­ment.

Pro­vid­ing work­place crèche ser­vices would en­able the moth­ers com­ing off ma­ter­nity leave to spend more time with their chil­dren, giv­ing them the op­por­tu­nity to con­tinue with op­ti­mal care and de­vel­op­ment for their chil­dren. The need to es­tab­lish the crèche ser­vices for Min­istry of Health is fur­ther en­hanced with the gov­ern­ment di­rec­tives to pro­vide en­abling en­vi­ron­ments for work­ing moth­ers to con­tinue with child­care while at work.

Rec­og­niz­ing the im­por­tance and the ben­e­fits, Nu­tri­tion Pro­gram, De­part­ment of Pub­lic Health was tasked with es­tab­lish­ing the work­place crèche for the health min­istry.

The MoH work­place crèche was de­signed by Health In­fra­struc­ture De­vel­op­ment Divi­sion, De­part­ment of Med­i­cal Sup­plies and Health In­fra­struc­ture while the con­struc­tion was car­ried out by the pub­lic Health Engi­neer­ing Divi­sion.

The in­fra­struc­ture con­struc­tion was con­structed with fi­nan­cial sup­port by the UNICEF amount­ing to one mil­lion and eighty four hun­dred thou­sand and the in­door and out­door equip­ment and fur­nish­ings were sup­plied by WHO (sup­port re­ceived in kind)

The work­place crèche will be manned by four staffs with in­clude three care­givers and one su­per­vi­sor. The staffs for the crèche are re­cruited through the Direct Em­ploy­ment Scheme un­der the Guaranteed Em­ploy- ment Pro­gram of Min­istry of Labour and Hu­man Re­sources.

The crèche will ac­com­mo­date ser­vices for a to­tal of 15 chil­dren aged be­tween 7 months to 3 years. The crèche will op­er­ate only dur­ing the of­fi­cial work­ing days and fol­low the sum­mer and winter tim­ing of the Royal Civil Ser­vice Com­mis­sion (RCSE).

The health min­is­ter Ly­onpo Tandin Wangchuk will in­au­gu­rate the work­ing crèche next Tues­day at the Health Min­istry

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