Mangaluru: A Sparsha Cancer and COVID 19 awareness program was organized at St.Thomas the Apostle Church, Ammembal on 9/07/2020. As people of society consider Cancer as a deadly disease and think it is an end to life, therefore there is a need to educate people on Cancer and try to prevent this by accepting and practicing a healthy lifestyle. SHG members from Mudipu participated in this session organized by CODP and Caritas India.
Ms.Shilpa took up a session on cancer and explained about cancer and its prevention. Cancer is a broad term. It describes the disease that results when cellular changes cause the uncontrolled growth and division of cells.
She spoke on the general situation of cancer in India, and also shared data of cancer cases in India which was published in the recent article. She also mentioned in Karnataka cancer cases are 20,084. Symptoms of cancer were told to the people and advice was also given to avoid Smoking, drinking, Junk food, and practice a healthy lifestyle. Participants were encouraged to practice organic farming and one of the methods to implement organic farming could also be through jeans grow bags. Consuming organic fruits and vegetables could help a person to be healthy.
The resource person spoke on the Government schemes which are available for the treatment of cancer. One of the best ways to prevent cancer is through regular checkups, because if this disease is detected and treated at an early stage then definitely it can be cured. Another session was taken on COVID-19 by MsRita. As it is a prevailing pandemic, awareness was given to the people regarding social distancing, use of face masks and sanitizers, and also avoiding social gatherings.
After the awareness sessions, Director of CODP Fr. Oswald Monteiro and Fr. Lawrence Parish priest of Ammembal church addressed the gathering and shared their inputs on Health, and advised people to remain safe and not to lose faith in God. SHG members who attended this session were given food kits through CODP.
Ms. Rita thanked all who were gathered for this session and asked them not to neglect health because that is the only asset for humans.
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