A polluted planet, pandemic and climate change have raised questions on sound health more than ever. The need for a healthy planet has never been more pressing.
How beautiful would it be, to have a clean planet to live on, with sufficient economy allocated on health, and cities so habitable that people get fresh air to breathe in, after all!
World Health Day is celebrated every year on 7th April, 2022. With an aim to bring global attention to the dire actions needed for the wellbeing of humans and the planet, the theme for World Health Day this year is Our planet, Our health.
The Department of Community Medicine, with an ardent participation from the 8th batch, third year of MBBS students successfully celebrated World Health Day, 2022 on 6th April, 2022 in Nepalese Army Institute of Health Sciences.Program Details
Date: April 6, 2022
Time: 9:30 am to 1:00 pm
Venue: Auditorium complex, NAIHS-COM
Chief Guest: Major General Professor Dr. Nagendra Bahadur K.C. (Retd)
Facilitators: Prof. Dr. Lochana Shrestha, Assoc. Prof. Maj Dr. Lee Budhathoki, Lecturer. Dr. Leela Paudel and Dr. Prajwol Pathak
1. To raise awareness on urgent measures to keep humans and the planet healthy.
2. To conduct blood donation program.
1. The program started with a brief address from the Chief Guest, Major General Professor Dr. Nagendra Bahadur K.C. (Retd). He shed light on the health crisis due to climate change in the 21st century, while also appreciating the students for organizing the program despite academic pressure.
2. There was an educational session on world health by Prof. Dr. Lochana Shrestha. She emphasized on the challenges to environmental health at present and ended the presentation with thought provoking questions.
3. A slam poetry was written by Suresh Thapa, and narrated by Shreeya Sharma (a human), Swastika Baiju (the earth) and Amrit Basyal (the pollution). The range of varied emotions portrayed by an aggressive pollution affecting the crying earth, and a proud yet learning human trying to replenish the damage done kept everyone on the edge of their seat.
4. It was followed by an informative overview on climate change and its status in Nepal by the Chief Scientist from Nepal Health Research Council, Dr. Meghnath Dhimal. He addressed the queries from guests and audience at the end of the session.
5. The director of the Health Service Department, Nepal Red Cross Society (NRCS), Dr. Manita Rajkarnikar highlighted current position and priorities of NRCS in COVID-19 response, followed by the importance of blood donation.
6. A role play of about 30 minutes, written by Bijaya Pun and directed by Swastika Baiju explained this year's theme, "Our planet, Our health". The play, showing how industrialization affects the health of the villagers, kept the audience engaged through entertainment and raised awareness on Interstitial lung disease.
7. The emcees, Aakriti Neupane and Radhika Phoju hosted the program and ushered the audience. The technical department was managed by Sakar Pant. The event in the auditorium complex lasted for about two hours. The program was attended by the faculties and students from College of Medicine, Nursing and Polytechnic.
A blood donation program was carried out simultaneously outside the auditorium. It was supervised by Dr. Prajwol Pathak and Dr. Sulochana Khadka, with the volunteers being students of 8th batch, 3rd year of MBBS. There were altogether 101 donors in the program, out of which 8 of them with rare blood groups were identified and kept record of.
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