Gangtok, 22 Nov [IPR]: The East Zone Yuva FOGSI [Federation of Obstetrics & Gyenocological Societies of India] 2018, organised by Gangtok Obstetrics & Gynaecological Society [GOGS], was inaugurated by Governor Ganga Prasad at Sikkim Manipal Institute of Medical Science [SMIMS] in Tadong this evening accompanied by Minister for Health Care Human Services & Family Welfare Department, Arjun Kumar Ghatani, as guest of honour.
Addressing the gathering of gyenocologists and dignitaries from various States of India and abroad who are here for the 3-day event, the Governor underlined issues of maternal and child health as one of the significant subjects to be stressed upon for safe motherhood.
“Declining indicators of Maternal and Infant Mortality Rates indicate the developing stage of a country and it has become a major challenge in the health scenario of the nation. Subjects like education and health are co-related to each other so people can be educated, sensitized through education about health services,” the Governor said.
He further suggested a strong mechanism towards gyenocology and obstetrics particularly in treatment of cancer. Technology can be framed for health hazards with new research and contemplation of specialists and experts, he added.
In his concluding remarks, the Governor urged healthcare professionals to continue saving lives with patience and dedicate their services in the interest of the nation.
Health Minister Mr Ghatani, in his address, emphasised on the notable initiatives of HPV vaccine administered to girls of 09-14 years of age in the entire State of Sikkim as a preventive measure under the leadership of Chief Minister Pawan Chamling.
He also informed the delegates about VIA test being one of the components of CATCH programme organised at every doorstep that helps diagnose cervical cases at an early stage.
He further highlighted the recently launched emergency number 102 for Ambulance Service for emergency check up during delivery, immunisation and medical complications related to neo-natal baby in West district of Sikkim.
He also spoke on the role of healthcare professionals towards ensuring institutional delivery even at far flung areas and ASHAs’ honorarium that has been doubled by the State Government from Rs 3000 to Rs 6000.
Mr Ghatani also touched upon Proud Mother Scheme to enhance the State’s Fertility Rate and Mukhya Mantri Jeevan Raksha Kosh to provide tertiary healthcare outside the State.
Further, he highlighted the strong efforts of the State Government to ensure the best healthcare services in all health centres and about the upcoming 1,000-bed Multi-Speciality Hospital at Sichey as a historic achievement in the health sector of Sikkim.
Vice Chancellor, SMIMS, Dr MD Venkatesh, expressed his happiness over organising the event. He highlighted the enormous development seen in the last three decades in the field of Obstetrics and Gyenocology and thanked the organising committee for the initiatives.
During the programme, a souvenir for East Zone Yuva FOGSI 2018 was also released.
The function also featured cultural programmes presented by representatives of various States.
Earlier, Organising Secretary, Dr Hafizur Rahman, presented the welcome address while the vote of thanks was proposed by Organising Chairperson, Dr RN Deokota.