Plans to launch “Healthy Mother – Healthy Family” programme

In a novel move, the Indian Medical Association (IMA) Karimnagar district chapter, which has for the first time nominated all women doctors as the new office-bearers, has decided to launch a new social service programme called “Healthy Mother – Healthy Family” to provide medical aid and education to the women of the district.

Disclosing this to newsmen here on Wednesday, Karimnagar IMA general secretary Akula Shailaja said that if the women are healthy entire family would be healthy. “Poor health of women has repercussions not only for women but also their families. Women in poor health are likely to give birth to low weight infants. Women's health affects the household economic wellbeing, as the woman in poor health is less productive in the labour force”, she maintained.

Quoting the statistics of various organisations which state high incidence of diseases among the women in the age group of 21 to 52, she said that ignorance of women's health would have multiple implications on her surrounding environment such as her family and social network. Majority of women avoid routine medical checkups due to various reasons including poverty. Particularly rural women are suffering from anaemia and other gynaecological problems, she added.

In order to provide medi care to the women and also to educate them about the importance of health, she said that the IMA Karimnagar district chapter had decided to launch a campaign called “Healthy Mother –Healthy Family”. Under this programme, she said that they would conduct special medical camps to detect various diseases and also educate the women about the spread of cancer particularly cervical cancer, which had become a dreaded one and claiming several lives.

Crusade

Shailaja also said that they had decided to launch a crusade for the education of adolescent girls about their health, hygiene, contraception, physical changes in their body due to hormonal changes etc.

The IMA body, which comprises all lady doctors would conduct special camps exclusively for the girls in educational institutions and provide medical education and treatment, she stated.

IMA district president Ch. Srilatha said that they would actively participate in educating the people about the spread of various diseases and also provide treatment by conducting camps. She said that the new all women office-bearers of IMA would be installed on November 9 at IMA in the presence of IMA chairman Appa Rao and Collector G.D. Aruna.

IMA new body members, G. Shoba, Jhansilaxmi, Himabindu, IMA senior member Dr. Bhom Reddy, IMA past president Ch. Jaganmohan Rao, past general secretary Md. Aleem, IMA leaders E. Vijayender Reddy, Satyasagar Rao, Vasanth Rao and others were also present.