The Central Referral Hospital (CRH) under Sikkim Manipal University (SMU) celebrated International Women's Day 2021 with a Free Gynaecology Camp for three days from March 5 to March 8) and an additional offer of 50% off on Women Health Check packages.
A free cervical and breast cancer screening was also carried out in the same period at CRH in association with The Federation of Obstetric and Gynaecological Societies of India, Sikkim Branch (Sikkim FOGSI).
About 300 ladies attended the health camp and availed themselves of various screening and test services provided on-site.
Furthermore, a function was held on March 8 at the CRH lobby which was attended by Rotary Club members, FOGSI members and CRH staff.
The event began with an address by CRH Medical Superintendent, Dr. Yogesh Verma. A health talk on Cervical and Breast Cancer Awareness was given by Sikkim FOGSI President Dr R N Deokota and Sikkim FOGSI Secretary and CRH Professor, OBG, Dr Hafizur Rahman. Rotarian Dr Renu Verma who is also the past district chairman of Inner Wheel Club of Gangtok also addressed the gathering.
The vote of thanks was offered by Head of Operations & Assistant Medical Superintendent, CRH Dr Mingma Lhamu Sherpa.
Marked annually on March 8, the International Women's Day (IWD) is one of the most important days of the year to:
• Celebrate women's achievements
Women's full and effective participation and leadership in all areas of life drive progress for everyone.• Raise awareness about women's equality
• Lobby for accelerated gender parity
• Fundraise for female-focused charities
This year, the theme for International Women's Day, "Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world," celebrates the tremendous efforts by women and girls around the world in shaping a more equal future and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and highlights the gaps that remain.
On the occasion of the Women's day celebration at CRH, this topic was discussed by CRH Neurosurgeon, Dr Sukirti Chauhan. The campaign theme is 'Choose To Challenge'. A challenging world is an alert world and from challenge comes change.
Women's full and effective participation and leadership in all areas of life drive progress for everyone. Yet, women are still underrepresented in public life and decision-making, as revealed in the UN Secretary-General's recent report.
Women are Heads of State or Government in 22 countries, and only 24.9 per cent of national parliamentarians are women. At the current rate of progress, gender equality among Heads of Government will take another 130 years.
So let's all #ChooseToChallenge. Celebrate women's achievements. Raise awareness against bias. Take action for equality.