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SENSITIZATION PROGRAM ON TRANSGENDER CARE

Shri Sathya Sai College of Nursing organized a one-day sensitization program on Transgender care on 08.06.2022. The program was focused on equipping the Staff Nurses,  Nursing Students, and Nursing and Medical Faculty with the principles of transgender care.  Around   200 participants attended the program.

The program was formally inaugurated by the dignitaries by Lighting the kuttuvillakku. Dr.Udit B Das, Dean, SSSMCRI felicitated the gathering. Prof.Dr.Helen Shaji JC deliberated the Keynote address and emphasized the focus of initiating the sensitization program. The program was technically divided into five sessions; (1) Understanding the Transgender Community, (2) Differences in Sex development Classification & terminologies, (3) Surgical care of a Transgender client: preoperative preparation, surgical options, postoperative care: An overview, (4) LGBTQI inclusive clinical encounter: How can we make our hospital “inclusive”? and (5) Gender affirmative hormonal therapy for Transgender people- dosage, monitoring effects, and side effects.

To deliberate upon these topics Ms.Jaya, General Manager, Sahodaran, Community based Organization, Chennai, Dr.Uma AN, Principal, Allied Health Sciences, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth, Dr.Saravana Kumar S, Department of Surgery, Mahatma Gandhi Medical College & Research Institute, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth, Dr.Swati Jayant Pawar, Deputy Medical Superintendent, Mahatma Gandhi Medical College & Research Institute, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth and Dr.Sruthi, Endocrinologist, from Dr.Rela Institute & Medical Centre, Chennai were participated as speakers/resource persons. The speakers shared their vast experience in transgender care, and participants had a chance to clarify the doubts during the open session.

At the end, Ms.Nila, Public Relation Officer, SSMCRI from Transgender community shared her journey of trasformation and appealed   the stakeholders to dedicate more platforms for addressing the issues of transgender community. Program organizers emphasised the message that many gender varied people require not only physicians who treat them with respect and empathy, but also professionals who are knowledgeable and skilled in gender-affirming care. Such kind of sensitization programs are the one among the best practices that supports the transgender community by providing wrap-around medical, mental health, and social care. Participants  expressed their feedback as excellent. E-Certificates delivered  to all participants. The Program ended by 4.00pm

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