Indore is going to host a National conference on pediatrics in second week of January. About 3,500 delegates and paediatric experts from across the world are expected to attend the five-day event.
The congregation will discuss various aspects concerning children health and plan for achieving Millennium Development Goal (MDG-IV) set by World Health Organization (WHO) for reducing infant mortality.
The recent Sample Registration Survey (SRS) conducted by Government of India shows that Madhya Pradesh tops in Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) in the country with 56 infant deaths in 1000 live births, which is much behind the national average of 42/1000 live births.
Organizing secretary of the PAEDICON-2014 Dr V P Goswami said, “Paediatric experts from across the world will share their experience, knowledge and skills in the event and we will come up with a policy document for child health and submit it to Government of India. We will discuss upon the past policies and retrospect on their implementations, setbacks”.
Infant mortality is calculated for the period of one year after birth of a child. Seventy per cent of IMR is neo-natal mortality (child’s death within one month of birth).
“Infection is major cause of an infant’s death, thereafter hypoglycemia, hypothermia and hyper-hypoxia contributes to neo-natal mortality,” said Dr Sharad Thora, chairman of the conference.
A healthy child’s growth is directly connected to prosperity of the nation, said Dr Thora.
Dr Goswami said, “Children today are developing dreadful diseases like diabetes, cancer and arthritis. This is a serious concern for our Indore too; such cases are on rise here.” Evaluation of neo-natal reconciliation program (NRP) will also be done during the meet. The summit will discuss rarest cases, new diagnosis tools, advanced technology in the field of paediatrics.
Delegates from countries like Pakistan, Australia, Belgium, Malaysia, Bangladesh and many other nations are expected to come for the meet and share their country experience in the field of child health.