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Our endeavor to benefit women well being

Published on March 29, 2013

Our endeavor to benefit women well being

An array of activities to uplift women health organized by CCN.

Several activities were organized by Chitkara College of Nursing faculty in order to uplift the health of women through a program ‘Ignoring the Ignorance: Women Health Concerns’.

We know that when it comes to women in our country, their health and empowerment takes a back seat as compared to men. Seeing these disparities, we carried out a detailed awareness program on women health and awareness.

Through this program we intended to:
1. Uplift the knowledge level of female students regarding various life threatening diseases.
2. Educate the female students regarding prevention and self-assessment methods to detect a life threatening disease at an early stage.

On the occasion of Women’s Day, Chitkara College of nursing dedicated the month of March to boost up women wellbeing through diverse activities.

Not only did we fulfill our purpose of conducting the program but we carried out several goings-on that helped us meet our expectation to spread awareness on various issues pertaining to women health.

RADIO PROGRAM
In order to inform our local community about women health, a radio program was organized. In this program general female health tips like anemia prevention, menstrual hygiene, care in pregnancy and health issues like breast cancer, prevention of gall stones, urinary tract infection etc. were included.

On March 7, Aarti, Mandeep and Surinder, contributed their bit to record radio capsules on female health. These capsules were aired on RADIO CHITKARA 107.8 in the same month.

HEALTH AWARENESS TEACHINGS
Sessions on health awareness and teachings on female health encompassing issues like Breast Cancer, Cervical Cancer, Pelvic Inflammatory Diseases etc. were organized by our nursing faculty. During these sessions, many other health related queries by the students were discussed.

The health teaching sessions spanned across different dates that covered several topics.

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  • – The first health awareness teaching was given to CSE students on ‘Breast Cancer and Cervical Cancer’ by Bandana Bisht on March 8.
  • – The second health awareness talk was given to Media and Apllied sciences group on ‘Urinary Tract Infections, Polycystic ovarian disease, leucorrhea’ by Mandeep kaur on March 11.
  • – The third health talk was given to BBA and B.Com students on ‘Anemia and UTI’ by Navpreet Kaur on March 11.
  • – The fourth health talk was given to Hospitality and Allied Health Sciences groups on ‘Menstrual hygiene and UTI’ by Aarti Dhiman on March 12.
  • – The fifth health talk was given to Pharmacy group on ‘Pelvic Inflammatory Diseases’ by Surinder Kaur on March 13.
  • – The sixth health talk was given to EE and Allied Health Sciences group on ‘UTI, PCOD and Leucorrhea’ by Aarti Dhiman on March 14.
  • – The seventh health talk was given to College of Education students on ‘Anemia and UTI’ by Navpreet Kaur on March 18.
  • – The eighth health talk was given to ECE group on ‘Breast Cancer and Cervical cancer’ by Harmeet Kaur on March 19.

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About 717 girl students were covered under the women health awareness program from the different departments of the university. The girls cleared their doubts through our awareness program.

Every year on March 8 International Women’s Day, IWD, is observed. Women in the present economic, political and social world get a chance to share a common platform through the awareness programs carried out during this time. Identifying the importance of women in society, we know that if women are empowered, their families are healthier, more children are able to go to the school, with more income, productivity also increases.

Some of the facts on female health that we shared during the program were:
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  • – Almost 56.2 per cent women of reproductive age are anemic in India, according to the National Family Health Survey (NFHS).
  • – 58.3 per cent of married women in rural population are suffering with anemia.
  • – 50 per cent of women in India are anemic.
  • – One in every 48 pregnant women runs the risk of dying during childbirth.
  • – 99 per cent of maternal deaths occur in developing countries.
  • – 25 per cent of global maternal deaths are reported from India.
  • – 70 per cent of these deaths are preventable.
  • – 50 per cent of married women do not have an access to family planning.
  • – 66 per cent of women leave hospital within hours of delivery.
  • 30 per cent of women in India get married before 15 years of age and lead to pregnancy complications.
  • – The female literacy rate is only 53.87 per cent in India, which is considerably low.
  • – Every year cervical cancer is diagnosed in about 500,000 women globally and is responsible for more than 280,000 deaths annually. In urban areas, cancer of the cervix account for over 40 per cent of cancers while in rural areas it accounts for 65 per cent of cancers as per the information from the cancer registry in Barshi, Maharashtra.
  • – Breast cancer is the commonest cancer in urban areas in India and accounts for about 25 per cent to 33 per cent of all cancers in women. Breast cancer accounts for 19-34 per cent of all cancer cases among women in India and claims one life every 10 minutes.
  • – Over 340 million people are affected by STIs in World, out of which 30 million reside in India (Indian journal of community medicine). Nearly half of all new STIs cases occur in people aged 15 to 24. (Center for Disease Control and prevention).
  • – In 2025, these cancers will kill one victim each in 4.6 and 6.2 minutes. (Globocan 2008, a software prepared by the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC).

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Our endeavor was to encourage health and broaden consciousness about the deterrence of fatal diseases among women and we believe that we have been able to accomplish this through our efforts at Chitkara.

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