Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI: Delhi's Finance and Urban Development Minister A. K. Walia inaugurated the 43rd three-day conference Pedicon 2006 here on Thursday.

Organised by the Indian Academy of Paediatricians, the conference is being attended by physicians from the United States, Britain, France and many South-East Asian countries and India.

The physicians will discuss methods of reducing infant mortality rates in the country and improving overall child survival rate. The main theme of the conference is `Reaching the Un-reached Child' and it will also focus on finding ways to reach each and every child born in rural parts of the country.

Pedicon 2006 will also include continuing medical education on various sub-specialities in paediatrics, workshops in various institutions including All-India Institute of Medical Sciences, Apollo Hospital, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital and Maulana Azad Medical College in Delhi. The conference will also focus on neonatal ventilation, paediatric emergencies and pulmonary procedures.

"The motive of this mammoth event is to give participants an opportunity to listen to and discuss cutting edge research in clinical and basic sciences related to the field of paediatrics," said A.K. Dutta of Kalawati Saran Children's Hospital.

The conference will deliberate on methods, tools and cost-effective means to serve the "un-reached children" who are the future generation. Other thrust areas include training for the care of newborns to reduce current high neonatal mortality, how to recognise severely malnourished child and prevention of nutritional anaemia as deficiency of iron affects neuro-transmitters in the brain.

"We shall strive to achieve the best care for children of this country to bring down infant mortality and improve the overall child survival rate. We realise the importance of sharing our experiences," said Pedicon organising committee member K.N. Agarawal.