Science vs Superstition

4 08 2009
Thaindian News
Thaindian News

When babies are tossed off the roof of a shrine to ensure good health and prosperity, we as health educators are not doing our jobs.

Many will have heard about this centuries-old ritual that’s followed by hundreds of Hindu and Muslim families.  The child mortality rate is high in India’s rural lands, and these old practices give parents hope that their child will live.

We have to take the time to share the basics of what we know with others, so that everyone in every village in this world has at least the option of using science as the basis for healthcare decisions, rather than superstition.