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Health body launches `Saving Lives' initiative

india Updated: Feb 07, 2009 11:17 IST

The Federation of Obstetric and Gynecological Societies of India (FOGSI) has unveiled its national programmes for the current year with special focus on various aspects of safe pregnancy and delivery.

The initiatives are aimed at creating awareness and improving healthcare delivery system. The federation will be conducting programmes under the theme 'Saving Lives' that will target communities across different strata of society.

"We will be conducting public health awareness programmes across India to save lives and provide care efforts for the welfare of the society," FOGSI President C N Purandare told reporters in Mumbai.

FOGSI will also highlight the aspects of safe pregnancy and delivery by conducting over 60 continuing medical education (CME) programmes all over the country that will focus on the need for nutrition in pregnancy, medication and delivery management among others.

Nearly 100 CME programmes would be conducted to reduce the cancer "burden" of the nation, FOGSI Secretary General P K Shah said.

"Awareness campaigns for early detection of breast cancer will be taken forward alongwith cancer cervix initiative. Cervical cancer is a major global public health problem and the leading cause of cancer deaths among women in India," said Shah.