|Health issues of garden workers discussed|
DIBRUGARH, June 23 – The Bal Sakha Assam and Assam Chah Mazdoor Sangha jointly organised a meeting on the health issues of the tea garden working communities with special reference to children here on Monday.
Monikha Buragohain, district programme manager, NRHM, Dr Nabajyoti Saikia, Registrar, obstetrician and gynaecologist, AMCH, Dr Jolly Rabha, Department of Paediatrics, AMCH, Dr Manjit Baruah, Community Medicine, AMCH, Lipika Boruah and Madhumita Tamuli, from ICDS project, Dibrugarh, Nabin Chandra Keot, secretary, ACMS, Dibrugarh branch, Rajen Kalita, welfare officer, Madarkhat TE, Roopjyoti Borkotoky, assistant manager, Romai TE, Dr Aditya Kumar Chatterjee and Dr Partha Ganguli, the office-bearers of Bal Sakha Assam and representatives from 23 tea gardens of the district participated in the meeting.
Dr Aditya Kumar Chatterjee, secretary of Bal Sakha Assam said that people in the tea gardens were ignorant about the importance of a balanced diet. “As daily meals, rice and chapati are given more importance rather than vegetables. Dal is not taken regularly. Fish and chicken are eaten occasionally, salt intake is higher than normal and there is a general conception among the people that sweet causes worm infestation,” he said. Dr Chatterjee mainly focused on anaemia and mal nutrition of the children and adolescent.
The presentation of Dr Nabajyoti Saikia focused on Maternal Mortality Rate. He stated that improved community care with proper counselling, responsibility and accountability of health workers could improve the situation.
Monikha Buragohain, Programme Manager, NRHM, spoke on different schemes and the support of the State Government in her presentation like ‘Mamoni’, ‘Majoni’, ‘VHSND’, ‘Morom’, ‘Mamata’, ‘Janani Sishu Suraskha Kayrakam’, 104 Sanjeevani ambulance service etc.
Dr Jolly Rabha from the Department of Paediatrics, AMCH spoke about neo-natal care and child care and Dr Manjit Boruah, Community Medicine spoke about the determinants of health. Lipika Boruah and Madhumita Tamuli, from ICDS project informed about the immunisation programmes under anganwadi centres.
An interaction session was conducted by ACMS leader Nabin Keot, where the representatives of tea gardens interacted with doctors and programme manager, NRHM.