FOGSI to try to empower rural women through soft skills

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 11 Nov 2017 08:02:56


Principal Correspondent,

On the lines of Corporate Social Responsibility, the medical fraternity does Doctors Social Responsibility (DSR). It has never come to light as doctors never promoted the same. But now people from this fraternity have started speaking about the same. The President (elect) of Federation of Gynaecological Society of India Dr Nandita Palshetkar too wants to initiate this idea. She has decided to take efforts to help women from rural sector to become self reliant.

“Providing healthcare to these women is must. That we are doing and will continue to do. We have observed that the high risk pregnancy cases are found in rural areas. We are taking efforts that such patients should get treatment at their place only. At the same time these women are need to become self-reliant. FOGSI will take initiative to make these women get training of skill development. This will help in improving their health too,” said Dr Palshetkar. This can be a part of DSR. It was during the tenure of Dr Anuradha Ridhorkar as President of Nagpur Obstetric and Gynaecological Society (NOGS) that a self-defence activity for women ‘Swayamsiddha’ started. It was brought to the notice of Dr Palshetkar who said that the activity had many shades and could be a part of making women self reliant. It would be taken further aggressively, added Dr Palshetkar.

Dr Palshetkar has 3 goals ready to be implemented during her tenure as FOGSI President. One is safe delivery, second is cancer-free women and third is adolescent problems. She feels they should be caught young and should be given tips for good health. As far as safe delivery is concerned, Government has brought scheme ‘Pradhan Mantri Janani Suraksha Yojna’ (PMJSY). Dr Nandita Palshetkar said, “The maternal mortality rate of India is 113 at present. Government is trying to bring down it to below 100.

PMJSY was brought for the same. The good thing about this scheme is for the first time Government has involved the doctors from private sector. The private sector has a share of more than 80 per cent in health sector and it will prove a boon for Government if they give a call to private doctors.”
Supporting Government’s initiative to bring down Maternal mortality rate Dr Palshetkar has decided to focus on lifestyle diseases. There are high risk pregnancy related to
lifestyle changes.

Many women experience their BP shoot up during pregnancy. Dr Nandita Palshetkar who is also the Director, IVF and Infertility at Fortis Bloom IVF Center at La Femme GK 2 and Fortis Hospital Gurgaon, said, "It is imperative to monitor fluctuations in BP during pregnancy since not all of it can be attributed to Pregnancy-Induced Hypertension (PIH). Post delivery, the BP levels should be monitored through ABPM (ambulatory blood pressure monitoring) regularly. This method is more accurate in detecting BP fluctuations over a period of time and helps in taking readings on the go. Women with PIH must take adequate bed rest.

In case of consistently high readings, hospitalization for constant fetal monitoring might be needed. Many women do not take follow up precautions post-pregnancy, particularly in monitoring BP levels. Women should follow up with their primary care doctors after giving birth as this will help prevent the risk of heart complications later in life."