Towards the larger goal of reducing the Infant Mortality Rate (IMR), Directorate of Health Services, Punjab, organised a ‘Capacity building workshop for the Pediatricians’ at State Institute of Health and Family Welfare (SIHFW), Mohali on Sunday. Workshop was attended by the Pediatricians working in the government health facilities across the State.
Expert panel on Child health included Prof K K Talwar, Advisor (Health) GoP, Dr Meenu Singh, Professor, PGIMER Chandigarh, Dr Shiv Sajan Saini, Assistant Professor, PGIMER Chandigarh, Dr Bhavneet Bharti, Additional Professor, PGIMER Chandigarh, Dr Deepti Suri, Associate professor,PGIMER Chandigarh, Dr Kara LanglinTiewsoh, Assistant Professor,PGIMER Chandigarh and Dr Ashwini, Associate Professor,GMC, Amritsar.
The experts covered topics and issues which are of importance to child health (common neonatal problems, childhood nutrition, HIV in children, childhood nephrotic syndrome, childhood asthma and heart failure in children). There was active participation by the Pediatricians and their queries were addressed by the experts panel. Glimpses on MAA (Mothers’ Absolute Affection),National Breastfeeding Promotion Programme were also covered.
Prof KK Talwar, requested the participants to utilise this learning opportunity. He also recognised and appreciated the efforts of the health department for regularly organising such capacity building workshops for specialists to update their knowledge. Vikas Garg, Special Secretary, Department of Health and Family Welfare, Punjab, thanked PGIMER Chandigarh and Dr Talwar for their continuous and valuable support. Dr Meenu Singh appreciated the State for bringing down IMR. She also introduced a model on “Telemedicine” to the workshop participants wherein paediatricians across the state can ask for expert advice anytime and from anywhere by phone from the PGI faculty.
Dr H S Bali, Director Health Services, Punjab appreciated all the Pediatricians working across the State for their efforts to improve child health and bring down IMR of State from 26 (SRS-2013) to 24 (SRS-2014).
Chief Guest, Director Family Welfare (DFW), Punjab thanked the paediatricians for taking their valuable time on a weekend and making the workshop a success.
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