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Safeguarding Girl Child For A Secured Future of Society

Dr Ravi Gupta

Dr Ravi Gupta

The Rajasthan Government had chosen 2nd Healthcare Summit Rajasthan last year as a platform to launch the ‘Daughters are Precious’ campaign. Since then, a lot of water has flowed under the bridge.

Today, the negative connotation linked with the girl child has given way to a positive environment. They can now hope to survive the society’s regressive approach. But whatever has been achieved so far has not been without its own set of challenges.

To challenge the set norms successfully, the State of Rajasthan is all geared up. Under the leadership of Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, the State is undertaking long strides to make the State ‘safer’, especially, for the fairer sex.

This is indeed a turning point in Rajasthan’s social upheavel to fight against the social evils that have far deeper implications than we can think of.

Keeping this in mind, the 3rd Annual Healthcare Summit Rajasthan being organised in partnership with Elets Technomedia, has again made the cause of girl children its prime focus area, allowing healthcare stalwarts and stakeholders to come together to find a common ground and take this revolution forward.

The cover story in the eHealth magazine’s November issue — ‘India’s War Against Non-Communicable Diseases’ — is a fair attempt by us to discuss how the growing burden of NCDs has prompted the Government and the health industry to act in urgency to address the issue.

The story touches on the various advancements, innovations and infrastructural developments taking place to contain the NCD treat, but how challenges like scarcity of doctors, inadequate medicines, lack of awareness and knowledge need to be addressed to create a common front against NCDs.

The 3rd Annual Healthcare Summit Rajasthan’s special issue of eHealth magazine carries a special story, Revisiting India’s Child Sex Ratio Mystery, which dwells deep into how this social issue appears to have been caused by various reasons, including the culture and the place of living of the people — whether it is rural or tribal areas of the country or urban areas. It also touches upon some hard facts and tries to reach the root cause of sex determination and female feoticide in the country.

This issue also contains interviews of Kali Charan Saraf, Minister for Medical, Health and Family Welfare, Rajasthan; Banshidhar Khandela, State Minister for Medical, Health and Family Welfare, Rajasthan; Naveen Jain, Secretary, Department of Medical, Health and Family Welfare, and Mission Director of National Health Mission-Rajasthan; and Mission Directors of NHMs from the states of Gujarat, Kerala and Jammu & Kashmir.

We hope the useful insights given by them on the developments transforming the health sector in their respective States would give our readers an edge to stay ahead of the curve.

Looking forward to our readers’ feedback.

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