Pune: The Federation of International Gynecologists and Obstetricians (FIGO) will mobilize a three pronged strategy comprising of capacity building, advocacy and research to tackle the menace of gestational diabetes in the country.
Dr. Hema Divakar, India Ambassador to the Federation of International Gynaecologists and Obstetricians (FIGO) and one of the internationally renowned gynecologists of the country, in interaction with the media on the occasion of the three day FOGSI-FIGO conference in Pune said, “Taking into account the low level of awareness about gestational diabetes and the subsequent ignorance of getting the new mothers examined by specialist doctors, the society by and large conveniently forgets that it is the woman who needs to be treated first, to curtail the spread of disease”.
“Our findings show that approximately 10 percent of women who get pregnant every year, develop diabetes during gestation period. This ten percent, in India, translates to around 3 million women getting affected every year. It is a compelling pointer towards an alarming trend which cannot be ignored at any cost and needs immediate and effective intervention measures.” added Dr. Hema Divakar
Dr. Anil Kapur, Member, Board of Directors, World Diabetes Foundation, speaking at the conference said, “As a part of mobilizing the three pronged strategy we have formed a working committee which will focus on creating awareness, talk to policy makers and make an impact. Health of women during pregnancy is so critical. It is not only the pregnant women having diabetes who is at high risk, the risk factor is eight times as high, for the baby. We will be focusing on enhancing the capacity of Obstetricians, both in urban and rural geographies equally, which will allow the system to handle the scenario better. Lifestyle changes over the last two decades have been one of the leading causes for Overweight, Hypertension, Diabetes and so on. Because of these factors many are not able to cope up with pregnancy and manage pregnancy related ailments appropriately and this is what we are looking to address through our awareness initiatives”.
Dr. Divakar also pointed out the need to vigorously pursue the initiative to institutionalize Post Placental Intra Uterine Contraceptive Device ((PP-IUCD) to stabilize population as a reliable form of cost effective contraception. The union and various state governments have joined hands with FIGO and also the Federation of Obstetric and Gynecological Societies of India for the said initiatives.
“PP-IUCD has been rolled out in six selected centers in the country. Its usage in public healthcare has increased from 1.8 percent to 8 percent, but it has the potential to go as high as 40 percent. Hence we are advocating the need for the complete institutionalization of PP-IUCD. The government wants to be aggressive on the PP-IUCD front of family planning as it can have a large percentage of women covered soon after delivery, to bridge the gap of the unmet need of contraception” added, Dr. Divakar, who is also the national co-coordinator for PP-IUCD initiative.
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