Guwahati,(Jacob Malkias): The Social Work Dept. of Assam Don Bosco University, had a one day seminar on “Child Health in India and Strategies for Improvement,”13th February 2015. Dr.GayatriBezboruah, the professor of Paediatrics, Medical College, Guwahati, was the resource person for the seminar. There were nearly 100 students participated for the seminar along with the faculty members of the Dept. Director of the School of Social Sciences ADBU, Dr.Riju Sharma welcomed the resource person and Asst. Professor Mr. Jacob thanked her with the traditional honours of gamosa.
In the seminar, Dr. Gayatri, highlighted the importance of girl’s education and child’s health care. She pointed out the birth and death ratio of children before attaining the age of five. “It was curious to know that there are 60 million malnourished children are there in India,” says Mamribha Laloo, a student of MSW.
Dr. Gayatri also highlighted the sex ratio of India particularly of Assam as 954 girls for 1000 boys. Dr. also pointed out that anaemia is one of the main factor for child death, and mothers have to take care of the problem from the beginning of the birth of the children by only breast feeding from the 1st hour of the birth till 6 months without even water. Dr. Gayatri also compared the maternal mortality and infant mortality across the country, with special reference to NE India.
“Child abuse in NE is very high and worst compared to the whole country. HIV/AIDS is a fast spreading disease in NE. Testing HIV is very important both for mother and the child,” Says Dr.Gayatri.
It was very knowledgeable and informative for the MSW students, especially the girls of the Dept, because it is they who are going to be the future mothers of NE,”says the HOD of MSW, Dr. Riju Sharma.
“The seminar was enriching with the interactive and friendly talk of the resource person and the students,” says Asst. Prof. Vicor, MSW.