Health Awareness Campaign

Cleanliness drive launched for change in mindset

In its bid to carry on a sustained Health Awareness Campaign in the locality, Ramakrishna Math, Baranagar girded up its loins to organize a series of awareness camps in the campus. The locals including the children made a beeline for such camps to listen to the advices of experienced physicians who have spoken on different topics ranging from ‘Prevention of diseases is better than cure’, ‘Child health and nutritious food’, ‘Awareness of Diabetes’, ‘Better health for mother and child’ to ‘Awareness of problems of ENT’, ‘Awareness of Female diseases (from young to old age)’, ‘Awareness of eye diseases’, ‘Awareness of child health – some symptoms and remedies’, ‘Vaccination against polio and other child diseases’ etc. The interactive sessions conducted by the specialist doctors evoked interest among the audience.

Realizing that Health Awareness Campaigns should not be confined to the seminar halls only, we focused our attention to discipline the local people including the slum dwellers by inculcating in them the efficacy of a clean environment, which is the precondition for disease-free good health. In fact, many a disease can be prevented just by making the environment clean. The roads and lanes skirting this monastery are always littered with garbage, leftover food and other filthy stuff, which emit a revolting smell in the surrounding areas. Our monks and general workers have taken a lot of pains to make repeated appeals to the locals to make it a habit to store the domestic refuse in a bucket and dispose of the same in the cart of the municipal worker who makes his presence felt every morning by the sound of whistles.

To make the people get into the new habit, we have distributed litter-bins, brooms, soaps, detergent, Dettol etc. free of cost to the householders. However, the signs of change, although slow, are noticeable. We await more improvement in this important area. We are also contemplating to put up illustrative hoardings and banners at strategic points beside the main pathway to impress the people about the importance of a clean and green environment. Moreover, instructive leaflets on clean environment was also distributed among the local residents.

At our school level, we have taken up the health issues on priority basis. All the students of Gadadhar Sishu Vikas Prakalpa are being specially tutored on the effectiveness of good health and clean environment, echoing the dictum: “Cleanliness is next to Godliness “. This apart, regular Yoga exercise sessions have been introduced for them under guidance of a trained and experienced Yoga instructor. Additionally, to boost their systematic mental development and to widen mental horizon, we have arranged playing recreational as well as instructive DVDs in the classroom. This novel venture gives them relief from tedious study hours and transports them to a dreamy world of imagination and fantasy.