SRMIST’s SPH marks success of health survey
The SRM Institute of Science and Technology (SRMIST) School of Public Health (SPH), Kattankulathur, celebrated the success and dissemination of key findings from the National Family Health Survey (NFHS -5) for the State of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry at SRM Medical College Hospital and Research Center (SRM MCH & RC).
NFHS-5, the fifth in the NFHS series, provides population, health and nutrition information for India and each State / Union Territory (UT) and also provides district level data. NFHS-5 includes new topics, such as preschool education, disability, toilet access, death registration, menstrual hygiene and abortion. The scope of clinical, anthropometric and biochemical (CAB) tests has also been extended to include measurement of waist circumference and hips, and the age range for measurement of blood pressure and blood sugar has been broadened.
Key guest Dr P Kuganantham, a member of the Chief Minister’s expert advisory committee for COVID-19, said: “This is a revelation on India’s state of health. Data helps make decisions. It highlights the public health of the community and the nation as a whole. “
He developed and articulated the strategies used in Survey 1 conducted in 1993. He said that public health is always on the sidelines. During a pandemic, it was public health that came to the rescue in TN, he said and added: “During COVID, only a third of those affected were admitted to hospitals, while the others were treated by a good public health system in TN. “
Appreciating the dedication of SPH, pro-chancellor (academics), Dr P Sathyanarayanan said, “The purpose of such ‘findings’ is to prevent a pandemic such as COVID 19.