Medical and Health Experts shared their views during PCOS Awareness Programmes conducted at Central University of Punjab, Bathinda


Bathinda  : The Department of Human Genetics and Molecular Medicine in collaboration with the National Service Scheme (NSS) of the Central University of Punjab under the patronage of Vice Chancellor Prof. Raghavendra P. Tiwari organized Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) Awareness Programme in blended mode during which medical and health experts such as Dr. Lajya Devi Goyal from AIIMS, Bathinda, Ms. Sonia Gandhi (Dietician) from Fortis Hospital, Mohali, and Dr. Balpreet Kaur from AIIMS, Bathinda shared their views as invited speakers of the programme.

The programme commenced with the welcome address by Prof. Monisha Dhiman, NSS Coordinator. She shared that September month is celebrated as PCOS Awareness Month worldwide, and the objective of this programme is to sensitise youngsters about PCOS, which is a common endocrinological condition affecting physical and mental health of women worldwide.

Dr Lajya Devi Goyal, Professor and Head, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology AIIMS Bathinda was the keynote speaker of the event. She discussed the symptoms, diagnostics options and treatment protocol related to PCOS disease. She told the participants that PCOS is a lifelong condition and may lead to many other complications like Insulin resistance Diabetes, Obesity, Cardiovascular diseases. Thus, the condition must be diagnosed timely and managed accordingly.

Dietician Mrs Sonia Gandhi, Fortis Hospital, Mohali emphasized on the importance of expert advice for weight control as weight management is the key to live a healthy life with PCOS. She also emphasized that excess salt and sugar should be avoided, and herbs, spices, nuts and seeds should be added to the daily diet. Diet must be accompanied by exercise to have better insulin metabolism and hormonal balance.

Dr Balpreet Kaur, Assistant Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology AIIMS Bathinda stated that women from all socioeconomic groups are affected due to this syndrome. Due to higher estrogen levels, women with PCOS are prone to gynaecological cancers. She advised women to go for medical check-up in case of detection of its related symptoms which may include missed/irregular periods, large cyst in Ovaries, infertility condition, and others.

Dr Preeti Khetarpal and Dr Sabyasachi Senapati coordinated the overall event. The programme was attended by faulty, research scholars and students from different departments of the university.