Mangaluru: Students of Post Graduate Department of Journalism and Mass Communication of St. Aloysius College (Autonomous) in association with Mangala Resousce Management organised a talk and interactive session on the topic “Malaria and Dengue awareness and personal hygiene.” The event was held at Thenka Edapadavu on Thursday April 28.
The dignitaries present were Mr. Pradeep Kumar, Senior health inspector of the Malaria division of Mangaluru District Health Department. Along with him, were Vanitha, social health activist along and Laveena Community Health Officer, Yedapadavu division, Mangaluru.
Mr. Pradeep introduced the topic by discussing the initial signs of Malaria and Dengue when one is affected by the either disease. Making the workers of MRF (Material Recovery Facility) understand how the two diseases show their signs and taking the precautions for the same. These include headache, joint pains, high fever, vomiting, etc. He stressed not to hesitate to consult a nearby doctor to get oneself checked. Since the workers work on segregating domestic wastes, they are vulnerable to contract diseases easily. He stressed on keeping themselves well hydrated. While they did possess filled water bottles, he told them that they need to be emptied by drinking the water in them regularly. He also reminded them that since their work is demanding of their effort and time, they may neglect some minor symptoms and take general medicines and not check themselves for possible infections.
He also made aware of the 24×7 facilities about the healthcare check-ups and treatment for Dengue and Malaria. He told the workers that there are vans with medical professionals who come to the doorsteps of houses to examine the residents for Malaria or Dengue. They take the blood samples, test them and give the result along with free medicines and mosquito nets.
Laveena, the CHO later took the dais by telling the people about the infrastructure of health check-ups available at their neighbourhood. Common regular check-ups for blood pressure, sugar, Covid tests, etc. She stressed that their residential surroundings must be kept hygienic. In turn, will keep the place disease free.
Masters in Journalism and Mass Communication is a post graduate programme offered at St. Aloysius College (Autonomous) with specialisations in various mass media industries, preparing today’s youth to be tomorrows effective professionals.
Mangala Resource Management Pvt. Ltd. with volunteerism is involved in Swacch Bharat Abhiyan. They specialise in waste management in rural areas across Dakshina Kannada and Udupi District.