ICAR-IVRI organized “Pashupalak Mahila Jagrookta Karyakram” on the occasion of World Health Day in Akha Village of Bareilly on 7th April, 2015 A “Pashupalak Mahila Jagrookta Karyakram” was organized by the Indian Veterinary Resesrch Institute, Izatnagar, on the ocassion of World Health Day at the Akha village of Bareilly District on 7th April, 2015. A total of around 400 farmwomen, school children and livestock owners participated in the programme. The main purpose of the programme was to create awareness about importance of Food safety and various health issues among the farmwomen and children of the village. The pprograme was inaugurated by Dr. Mahesh Chander, Acting Joint Director (Extension Education) who highlighted the importance of food safety and good health for the farmwomen and children’s. He emphasized that farmwomen should make maximum use of such programmes especially designed to make them aware and knowledgeable about various health issues, which would lead to their empowerment in the family as well as society. On this occasion Dr. Hema Tripathi, P/C, KVK highlighted on the importance of cleanliness in the house and outside for good health. She motivated the women and children to keep their home and surroundings clean and prevent the occurrences of various diseases. The programme included lectures on food safety and zoonotic diseases by Dr. Z.B. Dubal, Sr. Scientist frm VPH division, Lectures on women and children’s health problems and nutritional deficiencies by Medical Officer Dr. Bharati Singh and health problems of livestock in the changing climatic scenario by Dr. Sumit Mahajan, Scientist from Medicine Division. The programme also included quiz competitions for the farmwomen and three competitions for the school children’s of class 5th to 8th viz., drawing competition, essay writing and elocution competition. Prizes were distributed to the winners. A small exhibition with posters and live display material focusing on the various zoonotic diseases and the importance of food safety and hygiene was also installed at the venue of the programme by the students of various division viz., Extension division, Veterinary Public Health and Medicine Division. Farmwomen who attended the programme listened to the lectures given very attentively and could even answer to various questions asked by the scientists and were very much motivated by the programme. Few Progressive farmers from Gujarat also participated in the programme and gave lecture to the farmers about the indigenous cattle rearing and its importance. Although the programme was targeted towards farmwomen a large number of farmers also participated in the programme and showed keen interest in the various lectures and discussions. The programme was coordinated by Dr. Rupasi Tiwari, Sr. Scientist with the support of Dr. B.P. Singh, Principal Scientist, from the Joint Directorate of Extension Education and Dr. Pachyappan, Scientist from Division of Extension Education.
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