PGI, PU join hands to educate women about health through FM radio

  • Tanbir Dhaliwal, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Oct 25, 2015 23:00 IST

Moving out of the four walls of Room Number 2060 in the New OPD, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), the health experts are now going to use Panjab University FM radio — Jyotirgamaya: 91.2MHz — as a platform to give solutions to women-related medical problems.

After the Multi-Purpose Behaviour Therapy (MPBT) project was approved in December 2012 by the department of biochemistry, Delhi, a room (number 2060) at the PGIMER was earmarked to counsel and treat women without medicines. Now, the health experts are extending the project further by joining hands with Panjab University.

Under the project, the health experts of the institute’s tertiary care unit would cure six main diseases — dysmenorrhea (painful menses), menopause, urinary incontinence (uncontrollable leaking of urine from bladder), pelvic organ prolapse, ante-natal counselling and infertility.

“There are many young and elderly women who are suffering silently or are on heavy medication. The most common problem faced by aged women are urinary leakage and uterine prolapse. In the city itself, above 11% women are suffering from these two problems,” said Dr Amarjeet Singh, from the School of Public Health, PGIMER.

The doctor said many women do not share their problems and contiue to suffer in silence.

Talking about the new initiative, Dr Amarjeet said, “Though we are providing guidance and are counselling a large number of women, but we think many more still need help. Hence, we decided to reach out to women sitting in their homes and educate them about the cure of common health issues.”

“The School of Public Health, PGIMER and PU have joined hands together and are now planning to start a series of 6-7 shows where in common women related medical issues will be discussed and queries of women will be answered by experts,” he said.

The first session on ‘how to get rid of painful menses’ has already been recorded, it will be aired in the first week of November. Following sessions will be on uterus prolapse, menopause, infertility and constipation and other women-related health issues.

“Among young women, painful menses and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a major problem. Many women take medication for painful menses. As we know that every medicine has its own side-effect, hence we suggest them some exercises with the help of which the pain can reduced,” said Dr Amarjeet.

He said that few exercises like knee curl exercise, heel raise exercise and others are useful for women. “During menses women should choose hot water bottle than medicine, ginger tea also give some relief,” advised the doctor.

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