Chandigarh

INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP ON POPULATION HEALTH PROMOTION CONCLUDED

December 24, 2017 04:53 PM

Chandigarh (Face2News)

One-week international workshop on Population Health Promotion:An International Perspective concluded today at Panjab University under Global Initiative of Academic Networks (GiAN). The workshop is jointly being organised by Centre for Public Health, Panjab University and School of Public Health, PGIMER, Chandigarh.

The GiAN workshop was attended by over 45 participants representing eight states of India and includes Health professionals, Researchers, Scientists,Faculty members, students and other stakeholderorganizations engaged in field ofpublic health. Participants were trained by international faculty Dr. Shanthi Johnson, Professor, University of Regina, Canada including Indian expert of the subject Dr. Suman Mor, Coordinator, Central for Public Health and Dr Ravindra Khaiwal, AddL.Professor of Environment Health, School of Public Health, PGIMER, Chandigarh.

The GiAN workshop was attended by over 45 participants representing eight states of India and includes Health professionals, Researchers, Scientists,Faculty members, students and other stakeholderorganizations engaged in field ofpublic health. Participants were trained by international faculty Dr. Shanthi Johnson, Professor, University of Regina, Canada including Indian expert of the subject Dr. Suman Mor, Coordinator, Central for Public Health and Dr Ravindra Khaiwal, Additional Professor of Environment Health, School of Public Health, PGIMER, Chandigarh. 



Sh S. Narayanan, IFS, Member Secretary, Haryana Pollution Control Board, Chief Guest of the valedictory session highlighted that good health is fundamental to happiness and well-being of people and communities around the globe. He stressed that better public health is a significant factor in economic growth of a country. Sh S. Narayananalso mentioned that health disparities exist within and between countries as there are many contributing factors affecting health status and the ability of a country to provide quality health services.

Professor Emanual Nahar, Dean Student Welfare, urge the participants to promote the traditional knowledge such as yoga for the prevention of diseases and to build a healthy nation. Prof. S.K. Metha, Local Coordinator GiAN highlighted that such workshop helped to develop partnerships and widen the networks for knowledge transfer and will have a broad impact in reaching a wider audience through the participants in their academic programs as well as their workplaces and communities ultimately making a difference in the health of the people they serve.

Dr Suman Mor, Course-Coordinator highlighted that the GiAN workshop at the Panjab University encouraged a diverse group of participants from many different disciplinary backgrounds to come together and reflect on the determinants of health, which help to improve public health. She also mentioned that through interactive sessions, multiple strategies such as health awareness and education campaigns widen the knowledge of the participants and this will help to engage them for the promotion of public health.

Dr Ravindra Khaiwal, Additional Professor at School of Public Health, PGIMER mentioned that we cannot make individual responsible for their poor health or good health as it is determined by their circumstances and state of environment, they live in. He added that recent evidence of global burden of disease shows highest burdenof disease related to unsafe water and poor sanitation including outdoor and indoor air pollution. Hence to improve public health we need to focus on the improved of environmental factors affecting the population health.

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