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Bidyasagar Narzary conferred Gurudev Kalicharan Brahma award

Noted writer Bidyasagar Narzary has been conferred Gurudev Kalicharan Brahma award at a programme in Kokrajhar.

 A birth centenary seminar on Gurudev Kalicharan Brahma was started today with two day programme scheduled held here at Science College, Kokrajhar auditorium.

The award has been constituted by Gurudev Kalicharan Brahma Trust to recall contributions and dedication of Gurudev Kalicharan who has been well known as social reformer,spiritual leader in the state of Assam. The award comprising of a citation, Aronai, cash Rs. 50,000  and many gifts in the name of Gurudev Kalicharan Brahma,who born in Parbatjhora. Padmashri (Dr)  Kameswar Brahma,former president of Bodo Sahitya Sabha given away the award. Narzary was former director of Press Information Bureu for NE region. The seminar was organized by Sahitya Akademi and Bodo Sahitya Sabha,which was chaired by Toren Boro, president of the Bodo Sahitya Sabha.

Padmashri (Dr)  Kameswar Brahma, former president of the Bodo sahitya sabha, Dr Anil Boro, Prof Anjalee Basumatary, Kokrajhar Govt College, Prof Indira Boro, Bodoland University were attended as resource persons on the occasion.

Among others, Dr Devendra Kumar Devesh,regionla secretary of the Sahitya Akademi,Eastern Region,Gopinath Borgoyary,noted writer were prominent attendees on the occasion.

Organiser of the seminar and Sahitya Akademi member,Dr Ajit Boro told that the seminar has been emphasized to bring alive of the ideology and philosophies of the Gurudev Kalicharan Brahma,who had contributed a lot to the society of the state.He said that Sahitya Akademi and Bodo sahitya sabha jointly organising the seminar to make healthy memoration of the Gurudev among society.He said that Gurudev Kalicharan Brahma award has been confering every year from last year and this year conferee to noted writer Bidyasagar Narzary.

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Udalguri district NCSC concludes at Kalaigaon

4 Oct 2012 - 8:37am | Jayanta Kumar Das

The 20th National Children's Science Congress (NCSC) Udalguri district session concluded at Kalaigaon on September 28 recently with day long programme.Child scientists from 25 schools of the district from Tangla, Kalaigaon, Dimakuchi,Udalguri,Rowta,Orang,Bhergaon,Mazbat presented 46 science projects on the focal theme “Energy:Explore,Harnes and Conserve” at Kalaigaon Secondary school.The science programme was inaugurated by Jagadish sarkar,MCLA,BTC after hoisting of flag by Obedur Rahman,Principal,Kalaigaon Secondary school at 9 am. Thaneswar Malakar,Deputy Commissioner,Udalguri attended the programme as the chief guest.He visited all the three project presentation halls.The DC also talked to the child scientists and judges.He thanked students for their involvement in scientific activities for the welfare of the man kind. A panel of eight judges including NCSC specialists Tarun Deka,Coordinator of Kamrup Metro and Jayanta Pathak of Aranyak,Assam eveluated the science projects for the selection of ten best projects for the state level programme to be held at Biswanath Chariali from 15 to 18 October,2012. Kamal Prasad Sarma,President of the receiption committee offered vote of thanks at the end.It needs mention that Assam Science Technology and Environment Council, Guwahati has been organizing the NCSC activity in Assam.

Laudable effort for TB patients by Shyamguri Tea Estate

1 Mar 2013 - 5:43pm | Rubee Das

Ten years old Anima (name changed) entered hesitantly into the portico pushing the curtain aside. Her steps were unsure and she was looking indistinctly. She was wearing a pink frock flowing to her knees. Her oiled slick hair was tied neatly to her back in a thin pony tail. The frock was much bigger to the size of her lean body. She was so thin that any cloth would not have fitted her skeletal form. The neck of her oversized frock slung low revealing the chest bones and upper ribs clearly. Her skinny limbs and tired eyes misrepresented the picture of a child of her age who would have been otherwise chasing butterflies in the fields or in between the lines of tea bushes. How could they delineate the perfect picture? Anima’s tiny form was torn and tussled by the deadly kiss of the friend called tuberculosis. That fiend had snatched away her dearest younger brother some months ago. Her father too was attacked by the same who died recently of fever even though he had completed the treatment for TB. Yet, somebody felt that this is her age for dreaming of flowers, butterflies, stars and wings – definitely not an age to fight with death! “May she be a part of this wonderful world, living healthy and happy!”, this was his only wish. Yes, it was Dr. Ravi Ranjan Das’s wish. Dr. Das is the medical officer in Shyamguri Tea Estate hospital under ITP company Ltd. Ten years old Anima is a child infected by tuberculosis (TB). Her mother is a temporary worker in the garden. Anima was diagnosed with sputum positive TB a month back and now she has been looked after by the doctor and his team in the hospital so that she can continue her treatment without any break and she gets minimum nutritional requirements from the food supplied in the hospital. Dr. Das is hopeful that Anima will leave the hospital as a healthy child after the completion of her treatment for six months.

TB is fully curable with complete course of DOTS. The treatment and cure of TB has become easier nowadays. Specially, after the intervention of RNTCP (Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme) and adoption of DOTS (Directly Observed Treatment Short Courses) services by the government, it has become much easier . RNTCP is being implemented in Assam very smoothly. The programme is running under the direction of the Joint Director of health services who is in charge of the state unit. Under the state unit, it is implemented through district and sub-district level units in a cascading manner. The DOTS provider works at the lowest rung and he/she is directly linked to the patients. After confirmation of diagnosis as infected by TB, a patient is supposed to take the medicine from the DOTS provider as directed by the medical officer. The medical officer gets the free DOTS medicine boxes for each TB patient from the local TB unit after the patient’s registration is done. The DOTS provider ensures that the patient completes the medication. A DOTS provider’s jurisdiction is within two kilometers radius of his/her station. Therefore, TB patients are not kept in hospital nowadays if the patient’s health condition is not very critical. Yet, the most important factor regarding the treatment and cure of TB is taking the course of medicine for six months duration without fail or gap. It has been observed that normally TB affects people from the economically weak section who are malnourished. The burden of the disease gets doubled in such families when a person is diagnosed with TB, because such a person requires rest and he/she becomes unproductive for five to six months for not being able to earn. Therefore, it is very urgent to stop TB. The biggest annoying challenge remains with the fact that -people stop medicine half way if they feel a bit better only to succumb to the vicious cycle of TB by which they put themselves in more dangerous health situations as well as invite threat to public health. The risk of Multi Drug Resistant TB (MDR-TB) infection also increases in such circumstances. It is essential to continue the DOTS for six months. Therefore, with the initiative of Dr. Das the tea garden management authority of Shyamguri has made arrangements for TB patients to stay in the hospital as a measure for ensuring continuation of DOTS. However, they spare the patients who understand the related risk factors and the responsibility of taking the medicine. Dr. Das says, “This arrangement ensures the regular doses of DOTS, provides rest to the patient and also ensures consumption of minimum nutritional food during the stay.”  The management authority provides this facility to regular as well as temporary workers of the garden. Dr. Das gets support from the nurse cum DOTS provider Tulsi who does not spare any patient without taking the regular DOTS. This is a beautiful example of sensitive caring and dedication. Though this effort of Dr. Das appears to be very small it has significant bearings. There have been considerations on the national level regarding taking up a simultaneous nutrition programme along with DOTS. In this context, Dr. Das’s initiative might become a guiding step for others to carry it forward.

Another 12 years old child TB patient has also been kept in the hospital for treatment. There are three TB patients in the hospital at present out of total five in the garden. Last year the number was 12. Dr. Das informs that they adopt various strategies such as cutting of wages, not allotting work etc. to ensure taking of DOTS. If the husband is infected by TB, generally the wife is recruited for work in his place. If the patient does not come to take DOTS, his wife’s wages will be cut or she will not be allowed to work which invariably forces the patient to take the medicine. With such initiatives TB occurrence has decreased in the tea estate and people have become aware of the disease. There has been no case of MDR TB in the garden. The guiding force behind the initiatives of Dr. Das is the able guidance and commitment of Mr. Manik Roy, the medical officer in charge of TB control programme of Dhekiajuli Primary Health Centre. Mr. Roy says regarding childhood TB that- if parents or somebody in the family is infected by TB, there is maximum chance for a child to become infected. In such cases, preventive medicine is administered for the child to protect and save him from the deadly claws of TB. It is very important on the part of the family members to understand the risk in such situations. TB may become fatal for a child. The child has to go through a very painful process from the diagnosis to the continuation of medication for six months. Hence, it is of utmost priority to save the children from TB. India has the highest burden of tuberculosis in the world. It is very difficult to estimate the burden of paediatric or child TB due to diagnostic difficulties but it is assumed that 10% of total TB load is found in children.


Thyroid, Hemoglobin & Sugar tests for Guwahati scribes

5 Dec 2018 - 2:14pm | AT News

Guwahati: Well-known healthcare institution of northeast India, Dispur Hospitals will conduct free blood tests for Thyroid, Hemoglobin & Sugar among the members of Guwahati Press Club (GPC) this week. The hospital representatives will arrive at press club premises on Thursday, Friday and Saturday (6, 7, 8 December 2018) by 3 pm to collect blood samples (20 members per day). The reports will be made available by Monday (10 December) at the press club office.

“Prevention is always better. Regular screenings of different parameters like thyroid, hemoglobin, sugar, cholesterol & triglycerides, liver and renal functions are very important for maintaining one’s sound health,” said Dr Jayanta Bardoloi, managing director of Dispur Hospitals pvt ltd adding that after the screening at press club, those participants in need, will be offered free consultations at the hospital premises in Ganeshguri locality of the city.