Webinar on ‘Covid-19 and women health’
The Department of Life science, Central University of South Bihar organised a webinar on ‘Covid-19 and women health’ in collaboration with National Commission for Women (NCW) on 24th September, 2021 to celebrate POSHAN month. The main objective of the webinar was to educate women and bring health awareness in the present COVID – 19 scenarios with an emphasis on raising the nutritional awareness among women. The webinar received applauding response with over 110 participants from all over the country.
Patron, Hon’ble Vice Chancellor of Central University of South Bihar Prof. Kameshwar Nath Singh graced the occasion and highlighted the need for preparations that need to be made for addressing unexpected situations like COVID pandemic. He directed the attention towards requisite measures that need to be taken for maintaining women health standards, taking into account their health issues and the correct nutrition.
Convener Dr. Ram Pratap Singh, Head, department of Life Science welcomed the distinguished speakers and NCW member, Mr. Ashutosh Pande. He expressed his concern due to physical and mental illness caused to them due to drop in dietary diversity in the pandemic condition.
Distinguished speakers included Prof. Sanghamitra Sheel Acharya from Centre for Social Medicine and Community Health, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, Professor (Dr.) Uma Pandey, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, IMS Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi and Dr. Enna Dogra Gupta, Scientist C, ICMR.
Professor Sanghmitra Acharya focused on gender biased problems that arose during COVID 19. She highlighted the role of collective responsibilities that need to be taken for pulling COVID – 19 hit women back to the mainstream. Dr. Enna D Gupta brought into notice various measures ICMR took for providing adequate health support in terms of diagnosis, and treatment. She also mentioned the effect of nutrition and COVID – 19 and vice-versa and pointed out the role good nutrition can have on raising immune responses.
Prof. Uma Pandey talked about dos and don’ts regarding various aspects of the disease on female health about how it affects conception and post-pregnancy issues. Participants actively took part in a query redressal session by Dr. Naghami Khan from Nalanda Medical College and Hospital, Patna. Ms. Uma Sinha, Health worker at ANM JPN Hospital, Gaya and Mrs. Abha Srivastava, COVID survivor, teacher at Atomic Energy Central School, BARC, Tarapur shared their experiences and accentuated the need of protein rich diet in a proper balance with other nutritional supplements.
The program was attended by a wide range of audience including faculty, researchers, students, health sector workers, home makers, teachers and several others. Dr Amrita Srivastava, Assistant Professor, Department of Life Science proposed vote of thanks appreciating the speakers for their knowledgeable guidance and Proctor Prof. Umesh Kumar Singh, Dean of Student Welfare Prof. Atish Parashar, IQAC Coordinator Prof. Venkatesh Singh and Deans of different schools for their presence and encouragement. Other faculty members Dr. Gautam Kumar, Dr. Manoj Panchal, Dr. Naveen Kumar Singh and Dr. Sanjay Kumar of Life Science Department played a important role in organizing the webinar.