Daily Archives: October 2, 2012

Health awareness program during this Dussehra & Diwali

In an innovative endeavour to create awareness about a range of health issues, the Odisha State AIDS Control Society (OSACS) in association with National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) has involved folk troupes to disseminate educative messages in an entertaining manner, especially during the forthcoming Dussehra-Diwali festivities.

Targeting migrants who come home during the festive season, OSACS launched an ambitious campaign on Monday, under which nine IEC (information, education and communication) vans of trained cultural troupes will visit nine districts.

Health minister Damodar Rout flagged off the vans, which will cover the districts of Angul, Balasore, Bargarh, Balangir, Rayagada, Ganjam, Khurda, Koraput and Sambalpur between 3rd October and 3rd December.

Rout said the vans with folk troupes on board will display informative exhibitions on issues of HIV/AIDS, reproduction and child health (RCH), tuberculosis, malaria and so on. “The vans will create awareness on multiple health issues at the same time,” the minister said.

Each van will be accompanied by a mobile health unit (MHU). With one session per day, an MHU will provide services at 25 sites per month and IEC publicity van will cover 125 villages per month. Coinciding with the IEC van-MHU movement, social organizations will open condom promotion stalls at various places.

“A lot of migrants come to their native villages to observe Dussehra, Kumar Purnima and Diwali and stay for at least two months. We will reach out to these returnee migrants and their spouses during these days,” said an OSACS spokesperson.

The districts where the IEC vans will visit are considered high incidence areas for HIV/AIDS. According to OSACS figures, of the total 26,127 HIV positive cases in the state (as on August 31, 2012), the highest 9,893 are from Ganjam. Others include 1,447 from Koraput, 1,185 from Khurda, 1,135 from Sambalpur, 841 from Angul and 578 from Balangir.

Of the 1,569 AIDS patients in the state at present, 503 are from Ganjam alone. Of the 1,347 HIV/AIDS deaths so far, Ganjam has contributed the highest 433 followed by Koraput at 148. It is below 100 in each of the other districts.

Youth team on Mahanadi expedition

A team of youths embarked on a seven-day expedition to Mahanadi from Sambalpur’s Kacheri ghat on Monday.

“Twenty-five youths, including girls, are participating in the event. They will reach Cuttack on the 6th of this month, covering a distance of about 480 km in the river,” youth activist and convener of the programme Surya Panigrahi said on Monday.

The programme is organized by the Nehru Yuba Sangathan (NYK) and supported by National Adventure foundation (NAF), Odisha chapter. The director of the Odisha chapter of NAF, R K Bhuyan, is also accompanying the participants to encourage them, Panigrahi said.

“Such events will help the youth to become fit to tackle situations like flood and other natural calamities,” eminent sport personality of Sambalpur Sundermani Barik said while flagging off the expedition.

Judgment pronounced on 3rd October for the sin

The Sambalpur district judge convicted a person on Monday for raping and murdering a minor girl, within a month of the incident. The judgment would be pronounced on 3rd October. “The accused was found guilty of all charges filed against him by the police,” public prosecutor Atratran Mishra said. The case was taken up by district judge B P Routray because it was special in nature.

Sources said the accused, Pradeep Dalai (35) had raped and murdered the 7-yr-old girl in Sambalpur town on 3rd September. Pradeep was known to the victim’s family because he was a frequent visitor to their neighbour’s family in the town’s Tanlapara area. On that fateful evening, he had taken the child, Urmila Nag, a Class II student of Jharuapara UP school, for a chowmein treat. The victim remained untraced till next morning and police recovered her body from inside a park. They arrested the accused and remanded him in judicial custody for kidnapping, raping and killing the minor.