World Health Day observed in Assam with special focus on Covid | Guwahati News

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GUWAHATI: Along with the rest of the world, World Health Day (WHD) was observed in the health institutions in Assam on Wednesday through various health activities, but with a focus on the much talked Covid vaccination. The theme of the occasion this year was “Building a fairer, healthier world”.
This World Health Day, various health activities were conducted in the Health & Wellness Centers (HWCs) like yoga and awareness rally by ASHAs in Nagaon and Sonitpur districts.
Most of the HWCs in the districts organized health screening camps for the locals on common non-communicable diseases (NCDs).
In Golaghat district, an awareness meeting was held with the tea garden managements and tea associations on Covid vaccination, to motivate eligible beneficiaries to come forward and get the vaccine.
Also, an awareness meeting was held with NCC cadets who were sensitized on mental health apart from the food habits, the importance of physical exercise in their growing years.
Healthcare institutions in Lakhimpur district held special outreach health camps in the nearby villages. IEC and awareness sessions on healthy & balanced diet, mental health and NCDs were also disseminated to the public.
In Hailakandi district in the Barak Valley, a health check-up camp was organized in the district jail premises for the jail officials and inmates by the district NCD Cell in collaboration with District Legal Services Authority and Sanjeevani 104.
The ASHA workers, during their routine home visits, did demonstrate hand washing techniques, hygienic behaviours and the importance of getting the Covid vaccinated on the occasion of WHD.
The occasion was observed in the National Health Mission (NHM), Assam headquarter through a video conference with the district health officials.
The meeting started with a welcome address by MD, Assam NHM, Lakshmanan S, where he appreciated all the health officials for their sincere and selfless efforts carried out during the Covid crisis.
Underlining this year’s theme, “Building Fairer and Healthier World” for everyone and everywhere, he focused on providing equitable healthcare services along with quality healthcare at a minimum financial cost.
Executive director of NHM Assam, Dr Manoj Kumar Chaudhary emphasized taking healthcare services to the grassroots level and said that along with Covid activities, other health programmes are to be carried out simultaneously.
Officer on special duty (OSD) at NHM Assam, Pomi Baruah addressed the state and district officials by motivating everyone to adapt and adopt the new normal behaviour in the current world.
Through the Comprehensive Primary Health Care system, she said that 2,209 Health and Wellness Centers in Assam are trying to provide healthcare services to the last household of the community.
Baruah also lauded the efforts of frontline workers of the state, especially the ASHAs who were also lauded by WHO in an article featured on their website.
She emphasized taking Covid vaccination by all eligible beneficiaries and to adopt Covid appropriate behaviours at all times.
A series of events were held at Dr B Borooah Cancer Institute (BBCI) here to mark WHD.
Earlier in the day, an art competition was conducted by the department of preventive oncology of BBCI among children of SOS Children Village at Azara in Guwahati with the theme “our lifestyle and our health”.
More than 60 children participated in the art competition.
A free health check-up camp was also organized to measure blood pressure and sugar.
Also, oral health screening was done in the health camp.
According to Dr Amal Chandra Kataki, director of BBCI, recognizing oncologist’s contribution to cancer care for people of the northeast region will motivate them as well as budding oncologists to work harder for improving the standard of care.
This, he said, will also be a morale booster given the hardships of working in a resource-scarce region like the northeast.
“It must be also noted that there is a shortage of manpower in the state of Assam and northeastern region in the field of oncology. So, we felt the need for recognizing oncologists working in the region and who are doing a great job in taking forward the job of treating cancer patients of the region,”said Kataki.

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