Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, May 29: A coordinated effort from all concerned is the need of the hour to ensure a disease free society with stress on sensitizing the public about health issues, said I&PR minister of Odisha Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak today.
“The government accords priority to reaching health care to every nook and corner of the state but unless the people themselves are sensitized about these issues, efforts will not yield fruit,” he said while speaking at a function organized to mark the World Digestive Health Day here.
As the people are generally not concerned about their food habits which contributed to a plethora of health problems, a concerted effort by the doctors, health and social workers and the media is needed to combat the situation, he said.
The program was organized at the Gopabandhu Sanskrutika Sansad in Unit-8 area of the city by the Centre for Health Awareness (CHA), an initiative of the Sikshya O Anusandhan (SOA) University, in association with the Sansad and the Gastroenterology department of the IMS and Sum Hospital run by the University.
Explaining the importance of the day, Dr Manoj Kumar Sahu, Associate Professor in the Gastroenterology department of IMS and Sum Hospital said that the WHO had earmarked the day to generate awareness about the importance about the digestive system in the human body.
The theme chosen for this year has been “Gut Microbes—Importance in Health and Disease.”
Gut Microbes, he said, were the bacteria present in the human gastro-intestinal canal that played a major role in keeping the person healthy and in preventing diseases.
“If the balance of these micro-organisms, said to be 100 trillion, was disturbed in any manner, it adversely affected digestion, metabolism and the immune system. Alteration or instability of these microbes led to a number of gastrointestinal disorders and metabolic diseases like irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, gall bladder stone, liver diseases, obesity, diabetes, autism, asthma, cancer and psychological disorders like depression and anxiety,” Dr Sahu said.
Among others, MLAs from Bhubaneswar Bijay Mohanty, Priyadarshi Mishra and Mayor of Bhubaneswar Ananta Narayan Jena, chairman of Odisha Khadi and Gramodyog Board Tejeswar Parida and BJD leader Sujit Kumar were present.
The guests lauded the efforts of the SOA University in spreading awareness about health issues while suggesting that the messages should be taken to the slums in the cities and rural areas.
Among others, SOA University’s managing member Gopabandhu Kar felicitated the minister while Medical Superintendent of Sum Hospital, Dr PK Mohanty, coordinator of CHA, Ms Pravati Tripathy, Sum Hospital’s Associate Professor for Community Medicine, Dr Venkata Rao, Associate Professor Dr JR Das and director of Voice of SOA Community Radio Rusi Patnaik spoke.
Free medical check-up and screening for Hepatitis-B virus was conducted by the Sum Hospital to mark the occasion.