Hospitals in Manipal, India have mobilized a team of experts to sensitize women around the world about various health conditions and the need to protect their physical well-being as part of the activities outlined to commemorate the International Day of this year’s woman.
Attendees, including journalists via a virtual platform, were educated on heart disease, kidney issues, reproductive health issues, nutrition and diet, and breast disorders, among other conditions, on the topic: “Circle of Care: Women’s Health”.
Dr. Tasneem N. Shah, consultant in obstetrics and gynecology, has repeatedly stated that pregnant women and those who have given birth have reported cases of miscarriages, hypertension before and after childbirth and gestational diabetes, as well as only depression and critical psychological problems. .
She advised pregnant women to follow a nutritious diet and see a doctor regularly before and after childbirth to ensure their safety and that of their unborn or unborn baby.
“Always try to have your rainbow-colored food on your plate,” she added.
Dr Shah said between 20 and 30 was the best time for pregnancy and advised seeing a doctor to take folic acid and calcium before delivery.
Another issue often reported by women, she said, was vaginal yeast infections and advised women to always keep their lower parts clean and avoid multiple sex partners.
She also begged women to have their breasts checked frequently and encouraged those between 40 and 50 to have pap smears and other tests to make sure they were safe from cervical cancer. ‘uterus.
Dr. Ashish Nandwani, Nephrology and Kidney Transplant Consultant at Manipal Hospitals, speaking on kidney diseases, said it is important to diagnose them early in children to give them the best care.
“It is difficult to diagnose in adolescents due to their reproductive activities and hormonal changes. Symptoms and clinical tests may not detect it early in adolescents,” he said.
He noted that women experience many health problems compared to men, and for example in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), an autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks its own tissues; was characterized by a female to male disease incidence ratio of 9:1 with an even higher female predominance in the peak reproductive year.
“SLE could affect joints, skin, kidneys, blood cells, brain, heart and lungs,” he added.
Dr Nandwani said women also face a lot of stress from hormonal changes during pregnancy, the most common being hypertension, which could lead to pre-eclampsia and eclampsia causing seizures.
The number of transplant recipients across the world was high, indicating that women were more recipients of kidney transplants than donors, he said and urged everyone to lead a healthy life.
Dr (Lieutenant General) Cs. Narayanan, VSM, Consultant in the Department of Neurology, speaking on migraine, said it was a condition that needed a lot of attention, especially in women, adding that women between the ages of 20 and 40 years tended to have more than men.
He mentioned catamenial migraine as one that usually occurs in women during their menstrual cycles.
Speaking on epilepsy, Dr Narayanan advised pregnant women who suffer from it and those with multiple sclerosis to quickly seek the right medication and dose so as not to have complications and effects on the unborn baby.
“We should not put men and women in the same basket because they have different rates of being affected by medical conditions, in order to protect women,” he advised.
Ms. Linda Asante Agyei, Vice President of the Ghana Journalists Association, advised journalists to prioritize their health and refrain from stressing themselves too much to ensure they are fit to carry out their duties as is expected of them as mothers, wives and surrogates.
Although the work of journalists is demanding and time-consuming, she urged female reporters to take some time off to relax and exercise after sitting for long hours behind their computers.