56TH AICOG OF FOGSI
Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad-Honourable Minister for Health, Shri Prithiviraj Chauhan - honourable Chief Minister Of Maharashtra and Bollywood superstar Akshay Kumar inaugurated the 56th AICOG (All India Congress of Obstetrics and Gynaecologists) of FOGSI
This is the 56th All India Conference being held from 16th January to 20th January that has come to Mumbai after 27 years and in terms of sheer participation is the largest medical conference conducted in the last 50 years. The principal cause of the conference is to empower and save the girl child. A spectacular fashion show by Manish Malhotra with Shilpa Shetty as the show stopper was the highlight of the evening. Manoj Bajpai, Manish Malhotra and Raveena Tandon were also presented with the AICOG awards for outstanding contributions in their respective professions and so also for their contribution to society.
The evening was anchored by Poonam Dhillon. Dr. Hrishikesh Pai, Chairman, AICOG expressed great delight over the spectacular success of the conference. Dr. Nozer Sheriar, Secretary General, FOGSI and Dr. Hema Divakar, President, FOGSI also addressed the packed audience. The FOGSI themes for 2012 "Let the life of every mother and neonate count" and for 2013 "Innovation to Implementation" are both the themes of AICOG 2013. Dr. Nandita Palshetkar and Dr. Rishma Pai looked dazzling in traditional Maharashtrian outfits during the inauguration ceremony.
Speaking on the occasion of the pre-event press conference of the 56th AICOG of FOGSI at Hotel Trident, Bandra Kurla Complex, Dr Hrishikesh Pai, Chairman, AICOG, stated that, "This is the 56th all India conference which has come to Mumbai after 27 years and is the largest medical conference conducted in the last 50 years. More than 2000 to 3000 delegates will be attending the conference daily. The theme of the conference is to empower and save girl child, lot of prominent personalities will be attending the conference."
Dr. Nandita Palshetkar, "We have had very interesting and well researched folks and eminent speakers from all over the country. The theme that touched each and every delegate was to reflect upon the two main burning issues. In our country i.e. female feticide and reducing maternal mortality. Other cutting edge technology for women's health was also discussed and the information disseminated in form of talks, books, Cds, etc.
Dr Nozer Sheriar, Secretary General, FOGSI, "FOGSI and MOGS organized a press conference to highlight a burning platform issue related to women health and rights. The focus areas were opposing gender based discrimination prior to birth towards the girl child and throughout life also reduction in the senseless risk to mothers during and after pregnancy".
Dr Hema Divakar, President, FOGSI, "FOGSI 2013 theme is Innovation to Implementation where we hope to create an impact and bring forth a dynamic vision for women's health care in India for 2022. Past, present and future issues are being tackled under this theme. She believes leadership is not about position - it is about action".
Key focus areas for AICOG 2013 and FOGSI
Maternal mortality rate is a proxy indicator to reflect the functioning of the health system of a nation. The maternal mortality rate in India is approximately 250 per 100000 live births while in comparison, the Western world has maternal mortality rate in single digits. Maternal mortality is a burning issue that we face and though we are making some progress, there is a long way to go. A large part of the scientific program of the AICOG is dedicated towards making pregnancy safer. During 2012 FOGSI held a number of workshops for Maternal Mortality Reduction designed to train grass root level workers of the private and Government sector in good maternity care practices. Helping Mothers Survive is a FOGSI JHPIEGO fast track initiative being launched in 2013 to offer focused training and capacity building of frontline healthcare workers to manage postpartum hemorrhage and pregnancy induced hypertension. Various FOGSI projects such as the multiyear FOGSI Save the Mother Initiative, the FOGSI EmOC Certification course, the FOGSI SIDA Comprehensive Abortion Care project and the FOGSI FIGO Gates Maternal and Neonatal Health Initiative address reduction of maternal mortality, many in partnership with the government. As of date, the FOGSI EmOC certification course has trained 1200 doctors to provide emergency obstetric care.
Prenatal sex selection:
Prenatal sex selection by sex determination and sex selected abortion is the most extreme form of gender discrimination that has lead to a drastic fall in the ratio of females to males in our country. While FOGSI supports the governmental action on various fronts to check these practices, there have been some serious difficulties that FOGSI members have faced during these operations. FOGSI has done its best to represent the difficulties and ease these burdens and has been proactive in this regard. A number of societies have formed DOSST (Doctors Opposing Sex Selective Termination) Cells. This is a form of voluntary self vigilance and surveillance that doctors have adopted with the purpose of mobilizing opinion against prenatal sex determination. The DOSST cell also guides doctors on the correct practices to keep their records and comply with the law and Government regulations.
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