National-level CME workshop on ‘Gender, culture and public health’ begins at SBRR Mahajana FGC

Mysuru, February 1:- A two-day CME national-level workshop on ‘Gender, culture and public health’ sponsored by All India Medical Council and jointly organised by Karnataka Kidney Health Foundation Trust and Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, SBRR Mahajana First Grade College (FGC), Mysuru, was inaugurated at Mahajana FGC at Jayalakshmipuram here on Thursday.

Dr Bhargavi, head of the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, SBRR Mahajana FGC, in her welcome address introduced the audience to the objectives of the two-day workshop.

She said in line with the commitment made by India at the World Health Assembly in achieving “Health for all citizens by 2020” it was intended to discuss regarding household dynamics, menstrual taboos and its implications, the influence of gender ideology on health care services, issues like personal and public health interventions to improve health of women and children. She gave the example of a village girl who died during ‘Cyclone Gaja’ two months ago in Tamil Nadu, who was segregated in a hut as she was having her periods.

Dr M A Basavaraju, chief medical officer, University Health Centre, University of Mysuru (UoM), who inaugurated the workshop, spoke about the importance of individual and societal role in preventing disease and media’s role in desseminating authenticated information. He gave the example of dengue fever and how we due to our negligence create breeding places for the mosquitoes.

He also stressed the role of media in health communication and media as agents of social change.

Prof Midatala Rani, director, UGC-Human Resource Development Centre, UoM, delivered the key note address on gender and cultural implications on health and government’s attitude in health care seeking behaviour.

Dr D C Nanjunda, associate professor, CSSEIP, Research Centre, UoM, emphasised the importance of health culture and health problems due to lifestyle disorders.

Principal Dr S Venkataramu delivered the presidential address. Vijalakshmi Muralidhar, secretary of Mahajana Education Society and Dr S R Ramesh, chief executive officer (CEO), SBRR Mahajana FGC, faculty and students were present.

Seven technical sessions will be held over the two days wherein experts from medical and NGOs will address the participants. (NGB, GK)

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