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International Midwives Day celebrated at Himalayan College of Nursing, Jolly Grant



Dehradun, 8 May: Various events were organised at the Himalayan College of Nursing (HCN), Jolly Grant, on the occasion of International Midwives Day. Speakers provided detailed information to nursing students on the role of midwives in healthcare.

A symposium was held in the auditorium of Swami Rama Himalayan University (SRHU) Nursing College. The Chief Guest, obstetrics and gynecology specialist Dr Ruchira Nautiyal addressed the nursing students, stating that midwives are healthcare professionals who assist in maintaining the health and safety of mothers and children before, during, and after childbirth. Dr Sanchita Pugazhendi, Principal of HCN’s Nursing College, mentioned that according to WHO, 9 million more nurses and midwives will be needed by 2030 for universal health coverage. She noted that the role of midwives in implementing national health programmes, including safe motherhood, is commendable.

International Midwives Day is celebrated worldwide each year to express gratitude towards these women. During this event, community health workers Geeta Krishali and Premlata shared their experiences. The event was also attended by Dr Kanchan Bala, Dr Kamli Prakash, Upma George, Reena Habil, Jaibunisha, Dr Harleen Kaur, Eimon Chanu, Lakshmi Kumar, Atul, Shama Parveen and Poonam Yadav.

Additionally, the Literary Committee of Himalayan College of Nursing celebrated World Red Cross Day. During this event, students presented poems, speeches, and plays. The Principal, Dr Sanchita Pugazhendi, mentioned that Nobel Peace Prize laureate Henry Dunant founded the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). May 8, 1828, marks Henry’s birth, and this day is celebrated as Red Cross Day to spread his ideas worldwide. The World Red Cross Society is known for aiding people during food shortages, natural disasters, wars, and pandemics. Preeti Prabha, the Chairperson of the Literary Committee, reported that 142 BSc nursing students participated in the event. Heena Negi and Anupama were also present on the occasion.