8th Mar, 2016: Community Hygiene and Public Health Society organized a Lecture on “Genetic disorders” with special reference to “Awareness of Down Syndrome: Need of the Hour”
Community Hygiene and Public Health Society of Post Graduate Government College for Girls-11, Chandigarh organized a Lecture on “Genetic disorders” with special reference to “Awareness of Down Syndrome: Need of the Hour” as a part of celebrating “World Down Syndrome Week” today. Dr Gurjit Kaur, consultant incharge of the genetic and counselling centre at Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), said, that the mental retardation, the commonest form of developmental disability, is a condition in which there is delay or deficiency in all aspects of development, i.e. there is global and noticeable deficiency in the development of motor,cognitive, social and language functions. It‘s prevalence is 1:700, where India represents almost 17-31% of the World population. She emphasized that genetic counseling and prenatal screening for chromosomal abnormalities, comprising Down's syndrome (trisomy 21), Edward syndrome (trisomy 18), Patau syndrome (trisomy 13), Neural tube defects, Turner's syndrome and Thalasemia is highly essential for socio-economic growth and development of the country. Dr Kaur also claimed that GMCH authorities have introduced "counselling" and conduction of these tests on every suspected woman visiting the gynecology department to eradicate mental retardation and other disabilities among the 'new arrivals'. Dr. Kaur concluded with a thought that the thrust of the society should be on spreading awareness among people about the disorder. The lecture was attended by 150 students along with faculty members. This
wakefulness ignited the minds of participants for spreading awareness regarding the disorder in the society. Workshop ended with interactive session and Quiz with students. Students also participated in the poster making competition, the results of which will be declared on International Down’s syndrome Day i.e. 21st March at GMCH-32, Chd.