Include child abuse treatment in medical courses: Activists

October 10th, 2011 - 9:26 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Oct 10 (IANS) Diagnosing and psychologically healing child abuse cases should be included in the basic medical training of doctors and nurses, child rights activists said here Monday.

“Child abuse is not considered a health issue. While the focus of the health ministry is on survival and diseases, we would want the ministry to include training on medical practitioners and nurses in dealing with cases of physiological and mental child abuse,” pediatrician Rajeev Seth said at a conference at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).

“We will approach the Medical Council of India (MCI) and the ministry to consider the possible changes. It will help the parents also become more comfortable with the doctors,” said Seth, also the chair of the organising committee of the Asia Pacific Regional Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect (APCCAN).

The experts emphasised on introducing child protection units in hospitals that are equipped in dealing with cases of child abuse by providing medical, legal, logistical, and psychological support.

The Karnataka State Commission for Protection of Child Rights has also proposed Collaborative Child Protection Units (CCPU) in six hospitals in Bangalore.

“The units will use multi-disciplinary approach to protect the best interests of child victims,” said Shireen Vakil Miller, director advocacy with NGO Save the Children.

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