Jamshedpur: Jharkhand State Chapter of The National Academy of Sciences, India (NASI) in collaboration with FAITH in India and CSIR NML, organised first Vigyan Choupal at the village Chiruguda of East Singhbhum on Saturday.
Under the tribal empowerment program of NASI, the first choupal was organized with a theme of Health – Hygiene & Nutrition and it was attended by more than 60 villagers including children, men and women.
Inaugurating the choupal, Dr Arvind Sinha, Chairman of the Chapter, informed the villagers about the benefits of having a good quality of life based on health, hygiene and nutrition. He also emphasized that NASI chapter will support and guide them in leading a healthy life by adopting basic scientific approaches to wards their life styles.
Dr A K Arya, Medical Officer of CSIR NML addressed the natives and told them in detail about the various seasonal diseases as well as diseases acquired by wrong life style and mal nutrition. Dr Abhilash, scientists at CSIR NML and member of NASI, informed the villagers that the water used by them for drinking is contaminated with high concentration of fluoride and iron.
He told them basic house hold processes to make water drinkable at home. Sister Fromsi Jacob, staff nurse CSIR NML also spoke about the common problems faced by women and young girls. She also told them how to handle it scientifically.
Dr Arya and Madam Fromsy Jacob also conducted the health chekup of about 50 children, women and old persons and distributed them the basic medicines. At the end of the program, Anamika Majumdar, FAITH in India told to NASI that infuture, NGO will organize more such choupals for the benefit of the natives of Jharkhand.