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Educating parents on child health: an exhibition delivers

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Vice-Chancellor of Annamalai University M.Ramanathan at the Child Health Exhibition on Thursday.— Photo: Special Arrangement
Vice-Chancellor of Annamalai University M.Ramanathan at the Child Health Exhibition on Thursday.— Photo: Special Arrangement

As part of silver jubilee celebrations, the Department of Paediatrics of Rajah Muthiah Medical College and Hospital, run by Annamalai University, has organised a five-day “Child health exhibition” on the hospital premises at Chidambaram.

Vice-Chancellor M.Ramanathan inaugurated the expo, showcasing state-of-the-art life-saving equipment, and, tips for mother and child care, in the presence of N.Chidambaram, Dean, Faculty of Medicines, and S.Ramesh, professor and Head of the Department of Paediatrics, on Thursday.

Dr. Ramanathan, an eminent surgeon, who earlier served as the Dean of the Rajah Muthiah Medical College and Hospital, evinced keen interest in the exhibits. The expo would be open to the public from 8 a.m. to 12 noon till March 26.

Visitors are provided a handbook carrying a wide range of recipes for healthy growth of the child, immunisation table, how to safeguard children from accidents, how to save those in trauma, etc.

Mr. Ramesh told The Hindu that with the joint family concept fast vanishing and nuclear families becoming the order of the day, awareness of child-bearing and child rearing was scanty.

Traditional but nutritious food items were relegated to the background, whereas harmful junk food and aerated drinks were brought to the fore, spawning diseases, including obesity and attendant health complications and diabetes.

Dr. Ramesh said his department had organised the expo to highlight every aspect of a child's life, right from conception to attaining adulthood. With the help of mannequin the do's and don'ts were explained to women during pregnancy.

The main focus was on the need for breast-feeding for the first six months and its positive impact on children. Nutritious diets could be prepared from inexpensive groundnut, cereals and greens.

Child abuse had acquired various dimensions - physical or emotional or sexual – and, therefore, the onus was on society to duly protect them from corrupt influences. He also said the expo aimed at mentally preparing parents on how to deal with the differently abled children and how they could be trained to carry on the day-to-day activities.

Dr. Ramesh said the hospital was fully equipped for prenatal, postnatal and neonatal care.A child could be cured from snake bit or any poisonous sting from insects by administering tablets.

Visitors are given a handbook on recipes for healthy growth of child, immunisation table

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