The Indian Medical Association (IMA) said 1,700 adolescent clinics in the country will be opened this year to educate the adolescents on lifestyle and on reproductive and mental health.
Currently, two lakh children die of diarrhoea and three lakh due to pneumonia every year, which is not acceptable to the medical profession, IMA secretary general K.K. Aggrawal said on Saturday.
“No child should die of diarrhoea and pneumonia,” he told the annual conference of the Indian Academy of Pediatrics. “Why report a rare Congo fever death and not report a preventable neo-natal death?” asked Aggarwal to over 2,500 child specialists who gathered in the city.
It may be noted that Ebola case is getting more media coverage than neo-natal baby deaths in the country, which Indian medical professionals are sure to prevent with proper pre-education of the adolescents. In this process, he said the IMA will open 1,700 adolescent clinics soon.
No child should die due to lack of preventive or infrastructure while getting treatment for diarrhoea and pneumonia, he said and for every neo-natal death, someone should be held accountable. The IMA will sensitise over 2.5 lakh doctors on the subject soon, he told the conference.
(With inputs from Agencies)