Thursday, 21 April 2016

Indian Medical Association asks its members to welcome the girl child

Indian Medical Association asks its members to welcome the girl child

Given the skewed sex ratio in our country and the high rate of female feticide and infanticide, the Indian Medical Association has launched a flagship program called Welcome the Girl Child and also asked its 2.5 lakh members across 1700 branches to come out and support it.

Speaking about the same, Dr SS Agarwal – National President IMA & Padma Shri Awardee Dr KK Aggarwal said, “All men and women have an equal right to life and health. It is disheartening to see that the age-old discrimination against women continues to exist in our country. It is for this reason; that we have launched this flagship campaign aimed at educating our members on how to counsel parents, help support girl children and in-turn save lives.”

According to the circular issued by IMA, a few ways in which its members can help girl children include: 
•    Support a Girl Child (0-18 years) by announcing a scholarship of Rs.500/- per month for her educational / skill development activities.
•    Support her with a fixed deposit of Rs. 1.5 lakhs in a bank and deposit its interest to the Girl Child’s bank account till she becomes 18. After that you can get your money back.
•    Organize a skill development programme for her, which should help her in income generation in future. You can choose any of the 64 arts, which every women should learn.
•    Support a Girl Child for free heart surgery, if the parents cannot afford. You can refer to headquarters for help.
•    Adopt a Girl’s Schools and give health lectures and conduct health check-up camps.
•    Distribute Iron Frolic Supplement to the Girl Child in schools.
•    Create awareness about the Child Sexual Abuse Sutras to Girl Child. “Sexual violence against children, a crime, is common, preventable, whether evident or suspected, is a punishable acute medicolegal emergency
•    Waive off your consultancy fee on birth of Girl Child.
•    Identify a Girl Child who is sick and cannot afford treatment and help her in getting the treatment.
•    Participate in Campaign 950: to bring the child sex ratio of 950 girls to 1000 boys
•    Kindly expose black sheep in the medical fraternity who are indulging in female feticide.
•    The Slogan of IMA is that ‘No Girl Child should die in the country’.

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