The Dept. of Paediatrics, RRMCH celebrated ‘Adolescent Week’ on 21st November, 2022 in the OPD premises of the paediatric dept. The event was graced by the presence of the Medical Superintendent, Deputy Medical Superintendent, HODs of Psychiatry and Preventive & Social medicine with their staff. HOD of paediatrics, Dr Adarsh E hosted the event along with Adolescent Clinic in-charge Dr R Prema and Dr Prathiba.Children of all the age groups, especially Adolescents, along with their parents graced the event. All the Post Graduates and staff of the Dept. of Paediatrics were the audience, with few doctors and staff from various other departments as well.
The program was inaugurated by watering a few plants by all the dignitaries, while Dr Sanjana and Dr Kiruthikka brought in the divinity through their background score. Dr Alok was called upon to talk about the adolescents and the importance of that age in a child’s life and how it can make or break a child.
Our Medical Superintendent, Dr. Praveen spoke to the audience and educated them about the importance of the matter and how to avail the facilities regarding the same, in the Department of paediatrics.
Dr Adarsh E, HOD, Dept of Paediatrics spoke in depth about how we neglect the issues faced by children in this age group and how that affects them mentally, how it leads them to take wrong turns in life which potentially ruins the mental health of the child along with his/ her family. He even educated the audience about the existence of a speciality in this subject and encouraged them to refer more people to this clinic, so that many of the issues could be addressed. He spoke about the ‘Yuva Chethana’ programme that has been in existence since 2006, in our dept., and its success story.
Dr Vishnuvardhan, HOD of Dept. of Psychiatry spoke about his experience in this field and how these problems can be tackled. He spoke about how the collaboration between depts. of Paediatrics and Psychiatry have helped the children in the past. He gave a brief insight into an adolescent mind and educated the parents regarding how to approach a child in that age group.
Dr Shashikala, HOD of Preventive & Social Medicine spoke about social challenges faced by the children of this age group and how to overcome them. She educated the parents regarding the bad influences commonly seen in a Childssocial life and how easily it can ruin an innocent mentality of a child.
Dr R Prema and Dr Prathiba, spoke about the need for intervention regarding this issue and educated the audience about the facilities available at our dept. They encouraged people to refer children to this clinic. They briefly gave insight into what will be done here and how it will affect both parents as well as their child.
Post Graduates of the dept. of Paediatrics performed a few skits aimed at educating the audience and to make them understand how this clinic works.
The program was concluded by a vote of thanks, and refreshments were severed to all the members of audience and staff.