“SAFE MOTHERHOOD is an important issue in country and the State. Since government efforts alone have not been able to show desired results, media needs to play an important role to publicise the issue and create awareness,’’ Nirmala Buch, chairperson of Mahila Chetana Manch, said on Sunday.
Buch, the former chief secretary, was addressing the inaugural session of a one-day workshop on safe motherhood for district-level media persons. She said media persons based at district headquarters and other remote areas can be helpful in highlighting the issue and to awaken the society to dangers affecting achieving desired results in this direction.
Media persons from Hoshangabad, Betul, Gwalior, Jabalpur, Shivpuri, Raisen, Guna and Chhatarpur participated in the workshop.
Addressing the workshop, Health Department Joint Director Dr A N Mittal gave information on the State Government schemes on safe motherhood. Communication advisor Sanjiv Dutt presented analyses of the concerns that lead to the rural women losing lives in the process of becoming mothers.
Professor of Paediatrics at the Gandhi Medical College Dr Rashmi Dwivedi said government health workers couldn’t achieve the targets of female health by visiting door to door. It is important that awareness level is raised so much in society that women themselves approach the health authorities for pre-natal tests and other things.
Head of Department of journalism of Makhanlal Chaturvedi National University of Journalism Pushpendra Pal Singh gave tips on how journalists could make space for health-related issues in their newspapers/channels. Senior journalist Shivanurag Pateria drew attention to the declining sex ratio. The situation, he said, is serious in some districts.
Freelance journalists and media advocacy members Sachin Jain and Prashant Dubey said efforts by the government are inadequate and presented analysis of the budget of Health Department that shows that only a very small section of society could benefit by promotion of institutional childbirth. Jain said the health policy yet remains only a draft and the citizens have not been benefited. The participating media persons shared their experiences and spoke about the situation of women health in districts.