National Girl Child Day
- January 24,2022
- 5 Min Read
National Girl Child Day is celebrated on the 24th of January every year in India. The objectives of celebrating this day are to raise awareness about the rights, highlight the inequalities, and address the severe health-related issues faced by a girl child.
A healthy person is defined by their physical, mental and social well-being and there are several factors that affect and hinder good health for women. Quite opposite of the popular belief, these behaviors aren’t only exhibited in lower or lower-middle income groups. Although significantly curbed, “treating girls a certain way” is so normalized that a lot of parents, teachers and other major stakeholders in a girl child’s life aren’t even aware of them.
Growing up, adolescence can be termed as a difficult time for everyone. Female bodies go through several changes which is a continuous process up until menopause. Some of the major health concerns faced by girls and women include: anemia; PCOS, hormonal imbalances, endometriosis, cervical, ovarian, and breast cancers, complications during childbirth, complications during menopause, thyroid related disorders, heart diseases, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, hypertension, arthristis, etc. These health issues are mainly caused due to poor hygiene, lack of healthcare facilities and resources, ignorance, illiteracy and lack of nutrition.
As per a research conducted by the All India Institute of Medical Science and Harvard University, only 37% of women in India receive appropriate healthcare. As members of society, we need to actively work towards providing our women with adequate healthcare facilities and literacy that ensures a healthy future for them. Majority of the health issues faced by women can be eradicated if we can only provide them with good nutrition and proper health monitoring. Women need to put their health first and take the necessary steps to lead a healthy lifestyle. Here are some health indicators women should keep an eye on:
- Complete Blood Count (CBC)
- Blood tests to keep an eye on the level of hormones in your blood. There are tests like TSH (thyroid hormone) which should be done frequently. Others like FSH hormone levels, prolactin, and tests for insulin resistance, might be required if there are symptoms of hormonal imbalance.
- Pelvic Exams and PAP Smears
- Bone Mineral Density (BMD) or DEXA Scan
- Blood tests to keep a track of heart health. These may include blood pressure, HDL, LDL, cholesterol, etc.
* Consult your doctor/physician and get these examinations done as recommended by them
Our survival and culture as a species depends on our women. Even though they take up varied roles in their lives, and face so many changes and challenges throughout, they still manage to play every part with utmost perfection. So today, let's take an oath to help every woman around us make their health a priority!