GUWAHATI, Feb 10 - There is a need of proper law to check abortion in India as a growing population is the biggest problem in the country, stated Dr Tripti Sharan while speaking on a session titled ‘Development is also about health, not just GDP’ on the third day of the Brahmaputra Literary Festival (BLF) here today.
Dr Sharan, who is a gynaecologist and obstetrician by profession and a writer by choice, during the discussion, asserted that in India, highest cases of maternal mortality have been taking place due to the lack of sex education and unsafe abortion.
“In India, the rural health sector is still lagging behind from proper infrastructure and due to which maternal mortality is very high in such places. I believe that to mitigate the maternal mortality issue, there is a need for greater public awareness. In this regard, the government should have to take some initiatives,” said Dr Sharan, the senior consultant of BLK Super Specialty Hospital in New Delhi.
Speaking about her journey as a writer, she said, “I am a doctor by profession and writing is my way to reveal my thinking. I write to get relief and always try to construct a bridge between the doctors' community and the non-doctors' community through my writing.”
Another speaker of the session and director of the department of surgical gastroenterology at Jaslok Hospital, Dr Sanjay Nagral said, “In India, there are many heroic doctors working in many hospitals. Some of them are working in some extremely remote areas of the country and providing service to the public. But in our country, some major problems still exist in the health sector. In this aspect, our various medical associations should have to play a vital role.”
Speaking about his journey as a writer, he said, “I was an accidental writer. During college days, I was associated with student activism and then started writing for wall magazine. There are many serious issues still remain valid in our health sector and I want to speak openly about them.”
Dr Ma Thida, a Burmese surgeon, writer, human rights activist and former prisoner of conscience, who was also one of the panellists of the session, stated that the government or authorities concerned should take up development programmes by keeping eye on the health issue.
Today, altogether 19 panel discussions on various topics were held. In one of the sessions titled ‘Healed-Surviving Cancer’, Bollywood actress and cancer survivor, Manisha Koirala took part.