|Year : 2019 | Volume
| Issue : 1 | Page : 56-58
“Vatsalyam”—National conference on mother and child health care through Ayurveda
Department of Kaumarbhritya, Mahatma Gandhi Ayurved College, Hospital and Research Centre, Datta Meghe Institute of Medical Sciences (DU), Wardha, Maharashtra, India
|Date of Web Publication||27-Aug-2019|
Dr. Srihari Sheshagiri
Department of Kaumarbhritya, Mahatma Gandhi Ayurved Medical College, Hospital and Research Centre, Datta Meghe Institute of Medical Sciences (DU), Wardha, Maharashtra.
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
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Sheshagiri S. “Vatsalyam”—National conference on mother and child health care through Ayurveda. J Indian Sys Medicine 2019;7:56-8
“Vatsalyam,” a national conference on mother and child health care through Ayurveda, was organized on January 3, 2019, and January 4, 2019, by Kaumarbhritya, Strirog and Prasuti Tantra, and Swasthavritta Departments of Mahatma Gandhi Ayurved College, Hospital and Research Centre (MGACH and RC), Salod, Wardha, Maharashtra, India, a constituent unit of Datta Meghe Institute of Medical Sciences (DMIMS) (Deemed to be University [DU]).
The 2 days national conference was conducted at Datta Meghe Auditorium at DMIMS Campus, which was attended by a total of 216 delegates from all over India.
The conference aimed at disseminating knowledge and concretization of recent updates and research findings concerned with the role of Ayurveda in health and disease condition of both mother and the child. The conference also acted as a platform for understanding the principles of Ayurveda, especially in antenatal care and newborn care and generating principles, which can be mainstreamed to National Health Policies.
Eminent guest speakers from all over India participated in scientific deliberations in four sessions. The day one of the conference on January 3, 2019, started with registration and pretest of all delegates. The first scientific session was conducted by Prof. Charu Bansal (Department of Swasthavritta, Pt. Khushilal Sharma Govt. Ayurveda College and Institute, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh) on the topic “Yoga and dietary intervention in garbhini.” It was followed up by discussions.
The resource person for the second scientific session was Dr. Govind Reddy (In Charge Director of Regional Ayurveda Research Institute for Mother and Child Health [RARIMCH]–Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences [CCRAS], Nagpur, Maharashtra) who spoke regarding recent advances and activities conducted by CCRAS in the field of mother and child health care through Ayurveda.
The inaugural function of the conference was held after the aforementioned scientific sessions. The dignitaries for the inauguration were Dr. Ved Prakash Mishra (Chancellor, Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences [DU], Karad; Prochancellor and Chief Adviser, DMIMS [DU], Wardha), Dr. A J. Anjankar (Registrar, DMIMS [DU]), Dr. S. S. Patel (Chief-Coordinator, DMIMS [DU]), Dr. Ramesh Babu Devalla (Additional Director Interdisciplinary Research, DMIMS [DU]), Dr. Abhyuday Meghe (Officer on special duty, Acharya Vinoba Bhave Rural Hospital [OSD] AVBRH), Shri V. R. Meghe (Coordinator, MGACH and RC), Dr. Shyam Bhutada (Convener of the Conference and Dean, MGACH and RC, Wardha), Dr. Priti Desai (Dean Academics, MGACH and RC), Dr. Vaishali Kuchewar (Postgraduate [PG] Vice-Dean, MGACH and RC), Dr. Renu Rathi (Organizing Chairman), Dr. Srihari S. (Organizing Secretary), Dr. Prem Kumar Badwaik, and Dr. Prathiksha Rathod (Joint Organizing Secretary).
After the welcome and brief introduction of the conference, the launch of e-souvenir was carried out by the dignitaries on the dais as a green initiative of the university. This was followed by the release of Prasooti Tantra textbook written by Dr. Muralidhar Karode and Madhuri Bhoyar of Shri Gurukul Mozari Ayurveda College, who are also the board of studies members of our University.
The event witnessed the honoring of respected Dr. Prem Vati Tewari with the DMIMS–Lifetime Achievement Award “Vatsala,” for her contribution to the field of Ayurveda, especially Prasuti Tantra and Striroga.
Addressing the gathering after receiving the award, Dr. Tewari said that she worked for the same society, which gave her so much love and status and it was the vision of the organizers that identified her work.
Delivering the presidential address, Dr. Ved Prakash Mishra said regarding the stagnation of the Ayurvedic science as a whole and the need of real scientists to propel the science to greater extent. He also expressed his views on how this could be achieved. He congratulated the organizing committee for organizing the event and wished the team the very best.
This was followed by keynote address in the form of interactive session with Dr. Prem Vati Tewari, which was the main highlight of the conference. All the delegates participated enthusiastically to clear their doubts and concepts [Figure 1].
The post-lunch session saw three parallel sessions of paper presentation, poster presentation followed by debate for undergraduate (UG) students, which was a unique highlighting feature of the conference. This was appreciated by all the delegates.
Day one of the conference ended with cultural program “Saptarang,” conducted by the UG students and the faculty of MGACH and RC.
On day two of the conference, third scientific session was held by Dr. Sujata Kadam (Dean and Professor, Department of Prasuti Tantra and Striroga at All India Institute of Ayurveda, New Delhi). She presented her views on the role of Ayurveda in preconception and prenatal care.
Her session was followed by fourth scientific session by Dr. B. M. Singh (Professor and Head, Department of Kaumarbhritya, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi). He spoke regarding the scientific interpretation of Ayurveda concepts in newborn care. All the scientific sessions were followed up with discussion session.
The remaining sessions of paper presentation were conducted after the fourth scientific session.
Honorable vice-chancellor of the university, Dr. Rajiv Borle presided over the valedictory ceremony, where he presented the winners of paper and poster presentation with certificates and mementos. In the theme related to Swasthavritta, Dr. Poornima P. Ghadi (PG of Parul University, Vadodara) won the first prize. In the theme related to preconception care through Ayurveda, under the UG category, Ms. Divya Babulkar (3rd year MGACH and RC) won the first prize and in the category of faculty, Dr. Shyamlal (Assistant Professor in the Department of Sharira Rachana at Shree Gulabkunverba Ayurved Mahavidyalaya, Jamnagar, Gujarat) won the first prize. In the theme related to prenatal care through Ayurveda, Dr. Sudha Dasana (PG of All India Institute of Ayurveda, New Delhi) won the first prize and Ms. Harsha Vaidya (3rd year UG of MGACH and RC) won the first prize. In the theme related to postnatal care through Ayurveda, Dr. Sameer Gholap (Associate Professor SMBT Ayurved College and Hospital, Dhamangao, Nashik) won the first prize in the category of faculty and Ms. Shivani Ingole (3rd year UG of MGACH and RC) won the first prize. In the theme related to Kaumarbhritya, Dr. Nilesh Ingole (Assistant Professor, Vidarbha Ayurveda Mahavidyalaya, Amravati) won the first prize in the category of faculty, Dr. Asmita Bhadre and Dr. Avanti Bodkhe (PG scholars, Department of Kaumarbhritya, Government Ayurved College and Hospital, Osmanabad) jointly won the first prize.
In poster presentation competition, Dr. Chetan Bhalkar (PG, Department of Kaumarbhritya, MGACH and RC) won the first prize in PG category, Ms. Sunandha Chaturvedi (3rd year UG of MGACH and RC) won the first prize in UG category, and Ms. Harsha Gaikwad (3rd year UG of MGACH and RC) won the second prize.
In debate competition, individual winners were Ms. Muskhan Khan (3rd year UG of MGACH and RC) who won the first prize and Mr. Kumar Vikram Sahu (3rd year UG of Durg Ayurved College, Chhattisgarh) who won the second prize. The group winners in the debate were Group A (i.e., UG students of MGACH and RC) comprising Ms. Muskhan Khan, Ms. Diksha Tool, Ms. Madhura Fadvanis, and Ms. Zainab Abdul who won the first prize and Group B (i.e. UG students of Durg Ayurveda College, Chhattisgarh) comprising Ms. Hemapushpa Sahu, Mr. Kumar Vikram Sahu, Mr. Swapnil Khandagale, and Adinath Nagore of Mozari Ayurved College who won the runner-up prize.
The total participants were 247, of whom, 216 were registered delegates and 31 were organizing committee members. The average pretest score was 2.1 and average posttest score was 19.3 and average learning gain was 86.2.
The main output and considerations generated out of the conference were as follows:
- To fulfill the millennium development goals of India, that is, reduction of maternal and child mortality rate, Ayurvedic principles are needed to be incorporated.
- Scientific understanding of the efficacy of Ayurvedic treatment protocols in improving the health conditions and reducing the disease burden in both mother and child needs to be carried out through appropriate research studies.
- Exclusive Ayurveda ante-natal care protocol and post-natal care protocol to be followed in PG institutes of Ayurveda throughout India and generate evidences.
- Government and National Health Agency support for necessary research funding and facilities to conduct these trials to be addressed.
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