An ICMR Sponsored Seminar on importance of prevention and management of birth defects on 19.7.18

An ICMR SPONSORED SEMINAR is going to be organized by Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology & School of Public Health and, PGIMER, Chandigarh on “Raising public awareness among various stakeholder regarding importance of prevention and management of birth defects and Release of a booklet on 19th July, 2018.

 Approximately 1 out of every 33 babies is born with a birth defect globally. Although congenital anomalies may be the result of one or more genetic, infectious, nutritional or environmental factors, it is often difficult to identify the exact cause. Some congenital anomalies can be prevented. Vaccination, adequate intake of folic acid or iodine through fortification of staple foods or supplementation, and adequate antenatal care are just 3 examples of prevention methods.  Understanding the truth and the myths of birth defects is, perhaps, one of the greatest gifts we can give parents-to-be, both to help them know what they can do to help keep their baby safe and to lessen their stress by helping them understand when there is nothing plausible to worry about. Sound information can help ensure that pregnancy and new parenthood is a time of joy. Providing proper information can have a range of beneficial effects in anxiety reduction, enhanced satisfaction, treatment compliance and improved self-care.

 A booklet has been developed as an information material for prevention and management of birth defect. This booklet would help those who are planning pregnancy and have a family history of birth defects or a previous history of multiple abortion or still birth. To extend the awareness regarding this among various stakeholders and release of booklet is proposed to organize a seminar on “Raising public awareness among various stakeholder regarding importance of prevention and management of birth defects”.

 Dr.Neelam Aggarwal, Professor, Department Of OBG, PGIMER will be Organising Secretary to this Seminar. Dr. Amarjeet Singh, Professor, Department of Community Medicine, PGIMER and Dr.Alka (Research Scholar) from Centre for Public Health Panjab University will be Convener and Co-convener to the seminar respectively.

Various Speakers from PGIMER, Panjab University etc. will be sharing their experiences. Approximately, 100 participants from OBG department, School of Public Health, and NINE, PGIMER, Centre for Public Health, Panjab University, ChitKara Nursing College, Rayat Bahara Nursing college, Sadhna Society NGO, Chandigarh etc. are expected to attend the seminar. Lectures will be followed by interactive discussion with the audience.                       

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