Over 38,000 gynaecologists across India have recently pledged to take Hb test as part of the ‘More Than Bara’ initiative by the Federation of gynaecologist & Obstetrician Society of India ( FOGSI) & Emcure Pharmaceuticals focusing towards Anemia Free India.
Through the initiative, the doctors reinstate the significance of iron in fortifying immunity apart from eradicating anaemia which is especially important at this time when novel coronavirus is taking its toll and spreading rapidly. This could be achieved by keeping a check on the haemoglobin levels through complete blood count (CBC) test or Hb test especially among women and young adolescents and taking necessary measurements to tackle it.
Lower iron levels increase the risk of contracting infections and can lead to anaemia, a condition in which a person has an insufficient number of red blood cells or quantity of haemoglobin, which reduces the capacity of their blood to carry oxygen, said the team.
“Pregnant women are at a much higher risk as they are twice as likely to need blood transfusions, as compared to those without the condition. Yet most pregnant women aren’t screened early in their pregnancy for iron deficiency, which can lead to severe complications during childbirth.” stresses Dr Jaydeep Tank, Jupiter Hospital, Mumbai, in a statement.
Pregnant women and young girls are more at risk of anaemia. “Anaemia is widespread in India and about 58.6 per cent of children, 53.2 percent of non-pregnant women and 50.4 percent of pregnant women were found to be anaemic in 2016, as per the National Family Health Survey (NFHS),” pointed out Dr Alpesh Gandhi, President, FOGSI.
Through the mission the doctors have created a network by which they can keep track of statistics, medical programmes and medical outcomes around anaemia related cases. Their first step in this endeavour is to get their CBC test done to know about the Hb count and spread the word through social media campaigns to highlight the growing dangers of anaemia and ways to tackle it. They would also provide information to other physicians on recommending iron supplements and suggest basic investigation for anaemia among women.