Ministry of Preschool Education holds a round table on the organization of safe and rational nutrition in kindergartens
Tashkent, Uzbekistan (UzDaily.com) - The first round table discussion on the organization of safe and rational nutrition in preschool institutions with the involvement of ministries and experts was held on 11 June in Tashkent.
The participants discussed the development of a menu for preschool educational institutions, the prevention of diseases caused by improper eating behavior, measures developed to prevent infectious and food poisoning, and the issues of deworming children.
A round table on catering in preschool was held with the participation of specialists from the Ministry of Preschool Education, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Finance, the Tashkent Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education, the World Health Organization, the Republican Specialized Scientific and Practical Medical Center of Pediatrics and the Tashkent Medical Academy.
During the meeting, a wide range of issues was discussed, including the updated Sanitary norms and rules “Hygienic requirements for the organization of safe and rational nutrition in pre-school educational organizations of the Republic of Uzbekistan”, approved on April 20, 2019.
“For the first time, the issue of catering in preschool institutions is not dealt with in narrow working groups, but is broadly interdepartmental. We attracted to the discussion not only relevant ministries, but also practitioners: doctors and heads of preschool educational institutions. Ministry of Preschool education is working to develop the correct eating habits in children, which will help them in adulthood to avoid diseases caused by improper eating behavior. The diet of pupils should be useful, balanced and take into account the age differences in the needs of children. We need to adhere to standards that promote healthy eating practices by ensuring the availability of healthy, nutritious, safe and affordable foods in preschool institutions,” Umida Mukhiddinova, head of the department for coordinating activities of specialized preschool education, rehabilitation and ensuring children’s health, said.
Ministry of Preschool education continues to work to improve the safety of children’s health. Analysis of cases of food poisoning revealed the need to increase knowledge and enhance the responsibility of employees of preschool institutions in terms of compliance with sanitary standards. All workers of pre-school are obliged to undergo hygienic training at the sanitary minimum courses. There is also a ban on access to the catering department of unauthorized persons without working clothes and a certificate of medical examination.
The Ministry of Preschool Education and the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Uzbekistan will continue their joint interdepartmental work on the further improvement of nutrition in pre-school educational institutions.