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Baharagora/Chakulia, March 24: World Tuberculosis Day was observed in Baharagora and Chakulia Blocks today. Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalay, Community Health Centre and Digbarda village under Baharagora Block witnessed several awareness programs on this curable disease.
World Tuberculosis Day program at Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalay in Baharagora included essay writing and speech contests by the students. The discussion session was presided by school principal Gurubari Mardi. TB Champion Sushma Mahali, speaking in Santhali, gave detailed information on the signs of the disease, free treatment available at health centres and other facilities provided by the government to the patients.
The consultant for Research Group for Education and Advocacy for Community Health (REACH) Krishnendu Ghosh, teachers Binita Birua, Nandini Mahanty, Sonamoni Soren, Rita Dubey, Sukant Kuila and Mansa Bera also spoke on the occasion.
The prize winners for the essay segment were Yamuna Hembram, Basanti Murmu and Phulmani Murmu respectively in the top three positions while the winner of the speech contest was Puja Soren followed by second and third prize winners Radha Bera and Jyotsna Nayak respectively. The students presented cultural programs on the occasion.
World TB Day was also organized at Baharagora Community Health Centre. Dr Puja Priya, STS Dhananjay Mahto, STT Pankaj Maity, Sahiya Sathi Purnima Bera, LT Dinesh Ghosh and REACH consultant Krishnendu Ghosh participated in the discussions.
The Mahila Mandal members of Digbarda village under Baharagora block also observed world TB Day in which the participants pledged to eradicate discrimination against TB patients. The meeting was presided by TB Champion Bandana Rani Bera.
REACH also organized programs on the occasion of World TB Day in various villages under Jamua Panchayat in Chakulia Block. An early morning march (Prabhat Pheri) through the various villages was taken out to initiate the programs scheduled for World TB Day.
REA CH consultant Krishnendu Ghosh and TB Champion Sushma Mahali coordinated the program at villages under Jamua Panchayat. Street Corner meetings informed local residents of the Panchayat about symptoms and free treatment of tuberculosis and provisions for a monthly special diet allowance for those undergoing treatment for the disease. TB Champion Sushma Mahali urged people not to discriminate against people suffering from the curable disease. Those present included Chandra Mohan Mandi, Daso Mandi, Sahaiya Pratima Kalindi, Phulmani Mandi, Panmani Hansda and other villagers.