Over 700 college students attend first youth summit programme on reproductive health

Initiatives such as FOGSI-MOGS Youth Summit are a step towards further empowering young girls and boys with the desired knowledge on reproductive health and healthy living

In the centre of the pic ( with flag) Dr Rishma Dillon, President, FOGSI and ( dressed in red) Dr Nandita Palshetkar, President, MOGS
(In centre), Dr Rishma Dhillon Pai, President, FOGSI and Dr Nandita Palshetkar, President, MOGS (fourth from right) along with other doctors at the Youth Summit

To empower schoolchildren with knowledge about reproductive health, gynaecological societies have initiated a campaign where their representatives are organising workshops to spread awareness on reproductive and general health.

Federation of Obstetric and Gynaecological Societies of India (FOGSI) and Mumbai Obstetrics and Gynaecological Society (MOGS) held their first FOGSI-MOGS Youth Summit at Sathaye College and Welingkar Institute of Management. Over 700 students from class 8 onwards participated in the workshop.

“Our objective is to spread awareness on importance of healthy diet, physiology of reproduction, building strong bones, use of contraception, prevention of sexual abuse, prevention of cervical cancer and gender sensitisation,” said Dr Rishma Dhillon Pai, President, FOGSI.

During the summit, students held placards and banners displaying messages urging people, especially youngsters, to adopt a healthy way of living.

The programme also had an interactive session and young girls performed a sensitive play based on the theme save the girl child.

“We aim to protect future generation and we strongly believe in reducing gender discrimination, which was conveyed through interactive and informative sessions at the summit,” added Pai.

Also, nursing student team of Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital performed a play on plight of a sexually-abused girl.

FOGSI-MOGS also organised health exhibits, panel discussions and health talks to educate youth on preliminary and necessary measures to secure a healthy life.

Additionally, doctors of FOGSI and MOGS educated girls on identifying health-related problems such as reproduction, cervical cancer, anaemia, obesity. The girls were also informed about preventive techniques and immediate action that needs to be taken at an early stage.

Dr Suchitra Pandit, Former President of FOGSI, said “India is a young country with an unmet need for reproductive health education. Initiatives such as FOGSI-MOGS Youth Summit are a step towards empowering young girls and boys with knowledge on reproductive health and healthy living.”