The Department of Pediatrics in Hind Institute of Medical Sciences is continuously working to create awareness and impart knowledge to improve the health and well being of children and adolescents. In this continuing endeavour, celebration of “Child & Adolescent Health Care Week” was done from 14th to 20th November, 2015.
On 16/11/2015, a drawing competition was organised amongst children of 5 to 15 years of age. The topic was “healthy food and healthy life”. Children showed their interest and participated by making various food items & fruits rich in macro & micronutrients. All children were given sweets and colours. Prizes were distributed for 1st, 2nd & 3rd candidate. Dr. Utkarsh Bansal told the significance of healthy and hygienic food which leads to healthy life to the children and their parents.
On 19/11/2015, a Seminar was organised in the Auditorium for all nursing and Medical students where, Ms. Hira Rizvi (Dietician, HIMS) gave a presentation on “Nutritional Guidelines In Children & Adolescents”. She told about the food pyramid illustrating the correct way and optimal amount of taking the food. She told adolescence is a period of rapid growth so the nutritional requirements are very high. Specially the requirement of Iron and Calcium is higher so proper intake of dairy products, green leafy vegetables and fruits is essential. Dr. Narendra Rai (Asst. Prof. Paediatrics, HIMS) talked about the significance of breakfast. After a long fasting after night breakfast is essential to provide the body right start for the day. Breakfast plays a major role for whole day performance both physical and intellectual. Dr. Ravi Ahuja (HOD Pediatrics, HIMS) told about the advantages of fresh fruits over preserved juices which are available in market. He said “BYE BYE JUNK FOODS”.
On 20/11/2015 Dr. Utkarsh Bansal (Asst. Prof. Paediatrics, HIMS) gave an elaborate talk on “Adolescent Vaccination”. Usually people think vaccines are required only for small children but that is a wrong thought. Vaccines are to be given to adolescents and adults too, as the immunity of certain vaccines gradually fade off, certain people are never immunized as kids and there are a whole lot of new vaccines available now which can prevent a lot of diseases. He talked about the significance of all vaccines but especially focused on Hepatitis B, Hepatitis A, Td, Tdap, Typhoid, Chicken Pox and HPV vaccine. He told everyone should be immunised to Hepatitis B vaccine, which is necessary for medical health care workers. He told how HPV vaccine can lower the incidence of cancer cervix in female population of India, which presently kills 200 women every day in India. Varicella vaccines should be given in order to prevent its incidence in adolescent of chicken pox itself and herpes zoster which leads to complications like trigeminal neuralgia. Typhoid and Hepatitis A are endemic in India and their prevention by vaccination is the best way to be safe. Td containing low amount of toxoid against diphtheria and Tdap which additionally contain low dose of pertussis antigen are the adolescent type of DPT vaccine which is given in children. These vaccines become necessary as the immunity of DPT wanes of slowly with time and the vaccines act as a booster. He also told that certain vaccines may be required in special situations. Rabies vaccine may be taken as pre exposure prophylaxis by those who have pets at home. Influenza, Meningococcal and Pneumococcal vaccine are for those who are immunodeficient or at high risk. Japanese encephalitis vaccine is essential for all in endemic areas and our state is an endemic one. He concluded by saying that we all should raise awareness in the society about the primary prevention of diseases by vaccination in all.
Dr. Neha Thakur (Asst. Prof. Paediatrics, HIMS), Dr. Abhishek, Dr. Arvind, Interns Anil, Abhishek, Ajay, Vartika, Animesh, Harshvardhan , Himanshu, Karan, Jyoti were present. Nursing principal Mrs. Senbegam and nursing faculty also attended the talk.