In view of 56th National Pharmacy Week (NPW) celebration, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, PDM University organized Pharma Rally Cum Health camp for the fourth consecutive year in succession on 30th Nov 2017 in Ballor Village. NPW is being celebrated every year during the third week of November to create awareness about the profession of Pharmacy and the role of Pharmacists in health care.
To commemorate this year celebration, The Pharma Rally and Health Camp is organized based on the theme of the 56th NPW: Know your medicines: Ask your Pharmacist” with the objective of providing free medical examination and check up for making the public aware about the proper use of medicines.
The camp covered three main objectives
- Beti Bachao, Beti Padao
- Swach Bharat Abhiyan
- Health care focusing on the theme of NPW
The event started in PDM University Campus at 9.30 am and the students took out a rally by uttering slogans creating awareness. The students then assembled in Ballor village. All the participants marched in lab-coats holding banners and play-cards with messages of safe medication use and healthy lifestyle. The students went around the village and reached the venue of the health camp.
In Ballor village, the inaugural event of Health Camp was graced by Chief Guest Dr. Ramesh Dhankar, Chief Medical Officer, Civil Hospital, Jhajjar, Guest of Honour Mr. P.K. Gupta, Chairman of Belco Pharma and Prof. (Dr.) A. K. Bakhshi, Hon’ble Vice-Chancellor, PDMU.
The special invitees were Mr. Gobind Malik, President, Lion’s Club, Bahadurgarh Town, Dr. Y. K. Sharma, General Physician, Civil Hospital Jhajjar, Dr. Kirti Munde, Ophthalmologist, PDM General Hospital and Dr. K. L. Kathuria, Medical Superintendent, PDM General Hospital.
The invitees were welcomed with floral bouquets presented by Prof. (Dr.) Hema Chaudhary, Dean, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Dean, Student Welfare, PDMU. Prof. (Dr.) Hema Chaudhary in her welcome speech emphasized the significance of NPW celebration and highlighted the objectives of the camp such as, “Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao, Swachh Bharat Abhiyan” by quoting “Swachh Bharat -Swasth Bharat” and the role of Pharmacist in healthcare.
Hon’ble Vice-Chancellor Prof. (Dr.) A.K. Bakhshi in his address highly appreciated the efforts put on by Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, PDMU in organizing the event. He also discussed the requirement of health care facility in rural India. He suggested to introduce certain inter university competitions such as essay writing, debates and guest lectures in PDM University during the National Pharmacy Week.
Guest of Honour Mr. P.K. Gupta, Chairman, Belco Pharma shared his views on growing Pharma industy and bright future of Pharmacists. He also discussed about the contract manufacturing practice by MNCs from India as the cost of production abroad has increased and India is a cheaper option. He shared an example of an East African country such as Ethiopia who has offered Indian Pharmaceutical manufacturers to set up a Pharma-Park. He highlighted about the ample opportunities in future for the budding pharmacists. He advised students to set a goal and remain focused for the set aim. He promised every possible support from Belco Pharma to students.
Chief Guest of the event Dr. Ramesh Dhankar in his speech appreciated the discipline and efforts during the event. He also encouraged the students specially the girls to come forward and try to excel in every sphere of their life and set an example to follow. He also motivated the girls by giving examples of eminent female personalities like Manushi Chillar, Kalpana Chawla and Saina Nehwal. In his address, he also highlighted that in Jhajjar district the determination of the foetal sex has considerably declined. He stressed that the girl to boy ratio has significantly increased in Haryana.
The health camp was inaugurated by the Chief Guest Dr. Ramesh Dhankar by ribbon cutting along with other dignitaries.
The students of Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, PDM University with the support of PDM General Hospital, Bahadurgarh, Nandini Free Health Checkup Society, under the aegis of Belco Pharma and Lion’s Club Bahadurgarh Town, conducted free health check-up. In the camp more than 150 villagers took benefit of the free health checkup which included Basic metabolic index, Blood Sugar, Blood Pressure, Dental checkup, Blood Oxygen and Eye checkup.
Parellely students of various years of B.Pharma enacted Nukad-Natak in the health camp area in front of all the dignitaries and the gathered villagers.
All the invitees were felicitated by presentation of mementos.
Dr. K. L. Kathuria, Medical Superintendent, PDM General Hospital proposed the vote of thanks followed by National Anthem. This marked the conclusion of the inaugural ceremony.
Post lunch the students then conducted door to door health survey. The aim of the survey was to find out the actual health status of people residing in the village and their way of storing and using medicines. All the students were divided into multiple groups and each group was assigned few houses to interact with the people and collect data based on the questionnaire in the survey form.
All the students and staff reassembled at the camp venue and returned back to the University. The rally concluded by marching back to the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences by holding banners and play-cards with messages of safe medication use and healthy lifestyle.