The Fact News Service
Chandigarh, June 2
On the occasion of Menstrual Hygiene Day, the NSS Units of Mehr Chand Mahajan DAV College for Women organised an online talk on the topic ‘Menstrual Hygiene and Preventive Women Health’. Dr. Divya Awasthi, Senior Consultant, Fortis Hospital Mohali conducted this session that witnessed enthusiastic participation of over 95 students. Sharing that in most parts of the world including India, menstruation still remains taboo and rarely talked about, Dr. Divya stressed that lack of awareness and poor hygiene can create problems including risk of genital infections, infertility or chronic vaginal discharge later on. Dr. Divya also busted certain myths and taboos associated with menstruation. She also shed light on preventive women health and advised the participants to follow breast self-examination and undergo Pap Smear test at regular intervals, which helps in early detection of breast cancer and cervical cancer.
In another event, the NSS units and Medical Committee of the college organised a webinar titled ‘Isolation and Post Covid Care: Know the Facts’ by Dr. Anita Sharma, Head, Department of Lab Medicine, Fortis Hospital, Mohali. It was attended by more than 95 participants. During the webinar, Dr. Anita emphasised that majority of the COVID patients either remain asymptomatic or have mild disease and such patients can be easily managed at home provided they can be isolated. She further added that it is imperative that patients in home isolation are under some kind of medical supervision and are educated to monitor themselves for their vital parameters like temperature and oxygen saturation, and raise an alarm in case of any warning signs like fall in oxygen saturation, breathlessness, worsening of cough or high grade fever. The expert said that whilst in home isolation, one needs to focus on physical and mental wellbeing as well as personal and environmental hygiene. Both the sessions were well received by students who felt enlightened by the knowledge shared by the experts.
Principal Dr. Nisha Bhargava lauded these initiatives of the NSS units and Medical Committee to generate awareness about the two crucial aspects of menstrual hygiene and post COVID care. She added that such programmes are imperative for the holistic development of students.