Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Intensive Education Campaign in Bellary

The first preparatory meeting, orienting the Medical Officers’ of Bellary District on the proposed IEC on leprosy was held in the premises of District T.B. Office in Bangalore on 7th May 2007.

The mounting number of leprosy rate had made the health department worried, and the Central Government had taken initiatives to diversify its activities by conducting special district-wise projects in Bellary, Koppal and Chamarajnagar. It was found that, the ratio of leprosy-affected persons have been increasing alarmingly in these districts for last decade. The Central Government in association with Indian Development Foundation (IDF) has planned to conduct district-wise project in these districts from the second week of June 2007.

Dr. R.V. Hanumiah, the District Health Officer presided over the meeting. Speaking on the occasion, he emphasized the whole-hearted involvement of the medical officers in the campaign. He appreciated the District Leprosy Officer Dr. H.M. Rajashekar and Indian Development Foundation for the initiatives taken towards mobilizing local resources to carry on the massive campaign.

Dr. H.M. Rajashekar, the District Leprosy Officer, explained the role of Anganwadi workers, Supervisors, Medical Officers and the Non-Medical Supervisors in the IEC campaign.

Dr. S. Franklin, Manager for Indian Development Foundation, Karnataka region mentioned that the programme was an excellent example for Government, NGO and public participation and recorded his appreciations to Dr. Neela Biradar, Joint Director of Leprosy and Dr. R.V. Hanumiah, the District Health Officer for the valuable guidance and support.

Dr. Nizamuddin, the District T.B. Officer, Dr. Ramesh, the District Surveillance Officer, Dr. (Mrs.) Hanumiah, District Family Welfare Officer and Dr. R. Abdulla District Reproductive and Child Health Officer participated in the meeting. Around 60 medical officers representing all the Primary Health Centres in the district attended.

Mr. K. Mallappa, Para-Medical Worker, D.L.O’s office proposed vote of thanks.

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