Mumbai :The Federation of Obstetric and Gynaecological Societies of India (FOGSI), India’s largest professional organisation representing practitioners of obstetrics and gynaecology,successfully concluded a two-day ‘FOGSI MOGS Youth Summit’, an informative and interactive programme aimed at creating awareness about reproductive health, general health and social awareness amongst the young girls and boys. The summit was organised in association with Mumbai Obstetric and Gynaecological Society (MOGS), an affiliated arm of FOGSI with 2200 doctor members and Rotary Club Mumbai Parleshwar. Ms. Ulrika Sundberg, Consul General, Swedish Embassy graced the occasion as Chief Guest at the summit organised at Sathye College and Welingkar’s Institute of Management.
The programme had around 700 students starting 8th grade participatingin the youth round-march, led by Dr.JayamKannan, VP, FOGSI. The youth round-march was flagged with torches and flags, with an objective to spread awareness on the importance of healthy diet, physiology of reproduction, building strong bones, use of contraception, prevention of sexual abuse, prevention of cervical cancer and gender sensitization. The students held placards and banners displaying messagesthat urged people and specifically young girls and boys to adopt healthy way of living. The program also witnessed interactive and sensitive role plays performed by young girls on saving a girl child. Also, the nursing student team of KokilabenDhirubhaiAmbani Hospital performed a play on the plight of a sexually abused victim girl.Rtn. SmitaPuranik from Rotary Club of Mumbai Parleshwar coordinated with the schools in the city for the event.
Speaking on the occasionDr.SuchitraPandit, Past President, FOGSI, said “India is a young country with unmet need for reproductive health education. Initiatives such as FOGSI-MOGS Youth Summit is a step towards further empowering young girls and boys with the desired knowledge on reproductive health and healthy living.”
Dr.RishmaPai President FOGSI said that FOGSI Future initiatives are to protect the future generation and we strongly believe in reducing gender discrimination, which was conveyed through interactive and informative sessions at the summit.”
FOGSI-MOGS also organised health exhibits, panel discussions and health talks to educate youth on preliminary and necessary measures that one should adopt to secure a healthy life. The doctors of FOGSI and MOGS educated young girls on identifying health related problems such as reproductive, cervical cancer, anaemia, obesity; and consulted on prevention techniques and immediate action that needs to be taken at an early stage.