|Early Times Report|
Jammu, Mar 14: A two day training- cum workshop on Verbal Autopsy was inaugurated Basharat Saleem, IAS, Director of Census operations J&K at Conference Hall of Preventive & Social Medicine Department of Government Medical College Jammu. Workshop emphasized the importance and rationale of Civil Registration System, Sample Registration System and need for Verbal Autopsy to estimate the proportional causes of death in India.
Basharat Saleem highlighted that the importance of data collection during the forthcoming Census 2021, the intricacies and accuracy in collection of data with help of information technology will be the key to success for all of us. This will be of immense value not only for India but also for the Global community, which is eagerly waiting for the release of the vast and diverse variety of Indian population data.
Dr. Dinesh Kumar, HOD, Preventive & Social Medicine, Government Medical College, Jammu called for two way interaction from the participating Supervisors as well as the faculty members, resource persons and facilitators. He said that this workshop has been organized in collaboration with AIIMS Verbal Autopsy Network (MINErVA). He highlighted that because of the resource crunch, trained non-medical surveyors will prove to be a boon for generating good quality of data during the conduct of VA interviews.
Dr. Bhavna Sahni, Asst. Professor, Department of PSM coordinated the entire workshop with the help of Dr Deepika Dewan, Dr Anjum Ara, Dr Najma Akhter , Dr Shalli Bavoria and post graduates from the department. Shri Rajesh N Malvia, Joint Director and Shri Dheeraj Kumar Johar. Assistant Director of the Directorate of Census Operations J & K was instrumental in organizing the workshop. Shri S. S. Sharma, Dy. Director, Shri Ganaprakasam, Asst. Director and Mr. M.S. Loomba were also present during the workshop.