FOGSI launches campaign to highlight iron deficiency anaemia

Anaemia remains a chronic problem in India. It has been termed as the top cause of disability in India. It also affects the productivity of country’s workforce. Normally, it is caused due to the lack of iron in regular diet. In India pregnant women are more prone to anaemia because of lack of iron supplementation

Iron deficiency anaemia is the most common form of anaemia and seen at large in India. Taking this into account, The Federation of Obstetric and Gynaecological Societies of India (FOGSI) launched a screening campaign today to identify anaemic patients.

The campaign is launched in collaboration with Emcure Pharma Company to raise awareness about eradication of anaemia and the importance of maintaining required haemoglobin levels.  The aim of this mission is to check ten thousand people and collect data to get an idea about anaemic condition of people in India.

“Approximately 50% women in India are anaemic. Troubling part is 70% pregnant women are anaemic, which makes them vulnerable to severe infections. Also, normal blood loss could also prove to be fatal for them. They have very low immunity due to the anaemic condition, their babies could also be underdeveloped and mentally disabled,” said Dr Rishma Pai, President of FOGSI.

 Dr Pai further added, “This is why it is important raise awareness about this issue.”

Anaemia remains a chronic problem in India. It has been termed as the top cause of disability in India. It also affects the productivity of country’s workforce. Normally, it is caused due to the lack of iron in regular diet. In India pregnant women are more prone to anaemia because of lack of iron supplementation. The normal level of haemoglobin for pregnant women is 11 to 15.1 g/dl. For other women it is 12.1 to 15.1 gm/dl but of the young girls and women fail to maintain it.

“We did not discriminate in terms of screening process. We checked all the patients who came to our centres. We want to spread awareness amongst all about this issue,” said Dr Komal Chavan, Assistant Honorary Dr R.N. Cooper Hospital.

“It is a known fact that we tend to ignore anaemia. It is not given enough attention. So it is necessary that, we all come together and spread awareness about this cause.” Said Ganesh Shinde, Dean of R N Cooper Municipal General Hospital.