Chitkara faculty spreads awareness on anemia through Radio Chitkara
In order to increase the awareness regarding anemia, Ms. Navpreet Kaur and Ms. Jaspreet Kaur, Faculty Chitkara College of Nursing, conducted a radio talk on Radio Chitkara 107.8 FM. They covered important aspects of anemia, its signs and symptoms, causes, prevention and information as to when the medical care should be sought and treatment options.
The faculty delved upon various important issues and stated that globally – 41.8% pregnant women and 30.2% of non-pregnant are anaemic.
Out of these 524 million anaemic women, 200 million women belong to Southeast Asia & 104.6 millions are in western pacific region.
About 20% of maternal deaths occur due to anaemia. According to WHO World Health Statistics 2007 data, the maternal mortality rate (MMR) in India is 540 (maternal deaths per 100,000 live births). In fact, in neighbouring countries like China & Sri Lanka the MMR is better than India i.e. 56 & 92 respectively.
In children, anaemia affects physical growth and mental development. It can lead to many problems, including learning disabilities and behavior problems.
They stressed upon the importance of correcting prevention of anaemia and correction at an early age so that it can benefit the overall development of children.