16 November 2017, Chouparan (Hazaribag): NBJK run Loknayak Jay Prakash Eye Hospital has organized a special Diabetes Camp on the occasion of World Diabetes Day celebrated by the hospital with support of Sightsavers, Kolkata.
There were 152 males, 110 females, 16 youths (10 males & 6 females) patients turned up for initial checkup and consultation by Dr. Alok Kumar (Ophthalmologist, LNJPEH). 81 have been found with diabetes, went under Retina checkup and 20 were detected with Diabetic Retinopathy.
All of them have availed requisite treatment free of cost by the hospital. Messrs Girija Satish (President, NBJK), Gandharv Gaurav (Program Director), Tripan Das (Hospital Administrator), Karunanidhi (In-charge, Vision Centers) were present on the occasion and Mr. Girija Satish has assured for all possible assistance for needy eye patients by the hospital.
Its noteworthy that LNJPEH has entertained 26000 OPD patients and 512 patients of Diabetic Retinopathy last year. Cumulatively it has treated around 3 lacs eye patients and restored vision of more than 70,000 people suffering from cataract since its inception in the year 2005.
10 November 2017, Dumka: Mr. Mukesh Kumar (IAS), Deputy Commissioner of Dumka, has inaugurated the new ward of LokNayak JayPrakash Eye Hospital. He was accompanied by Mr. Shashi Ranjan (IAS), Deputy Development Commissioner of Dumka also in the inaugural function. Now the eye hospital is capacitated with total 50 beds. Mr. Mukesh Kumar, DC has praised NBJK to run a modern eye hospital at a tribal populated small place like Dumka. Phaco surgery for Cataract patients, hygiene maintenance, adequate infrastructure and free service to poor people are the features make LNJPEH appreciable indeed, the DC opined during his brief address.
In the beginning, Mr. Girija Satish (President, NBJK) welcomed all the guests present in the ceremony and introduced about NBJK’s initiatives for change in people’s lives through various programs like Rights to People with Disabilities, Watershed, Vocational Training, Eye Hospital and many more since the year 1971. This new ward will serve eye patients well in winter season and villagers / their carers from remote areas can stay here safely, he added. Mr. Girija has informed about facilities like canteen, dining hall and doctors’ residence with LNJPEH now to upgrade its services.
Mr. Anand Abhinav (Program Director, NBJK) has recalled about the journey of LNJPEH that started with 10 beds, reached to 50 beds now and expanded in terms of achievements also. We could restore eye sight of more than 2700 cataract patients by their eye surgery free of cost last year, he pointed out.
The inaugural function was graced by Mr. Nirad Bag (State Program Officer, CBM-Banglore), Mr. Saben & Ms Eireen (CBM, Australia), Md. Sharif (President, District Chamber of Commerce, Dumka) and community people. NBJK team comprised of Messrs Neeraj Raman, Md. Ezaz, Santosh Gautam and others have organized the function successfully.
8 – 9 November 2017, East & West Champaran (Bihar): Bihar Pradesh Lok Samiti and NBJK have distributed relief materials among flood stricken people in the districts of East Champaran and West Champaran in Bihar. AVI-UK has provided financial support for such initiative took place with help of local voluntary organizations.
On 8th November, NBJK representatives Mr. Satyendra Kumar and Mr. Shankar Rana have joined the Relief Material Distribution program at Motihari (East Champaran) organized by District Unit of Lok Samiti and Alok Foundation, a local VO. Mr. Ray Sundar Dev Sharma (President, Dist. LS & Alok Foundation), Mr. Digvijay Kumar (Director, IDEA & Secretary, Dist. LS) and Mrs. Sangita Chitransh (Chairperson, District Child Welfare Committee) were present during distribution of relief materials among 61 surveyed beneficiaries. Each beneficiary got a Pressure Cooker (5 litres, 1 no.), Iron Cot (1 no.), Sari-Petticoat-Blouse (1 set), Container with cap (1 set), Water Jug/Lota (1 no.), Laddle (1 no.), Flat Laddle (1 no.), torch (1 no.) and Mosquito Net (1 no.).
On 9th, a similar program held for 85 beneficiaries at JP Smriti Kutir, Bettiah with support of Samagra Shikshan Evam Vikas Sansthan and West Champaran Lok Samiti. Each beneficiary got Awning / Tirpaal (1 no.), Mosquito Net (2 nos.), Red Gram Pulse (2 Kg) and Red Lentils Pulse (2 Kg) here and expressed sincere gratitude towards the people behind the support. Messrs Harendra Pandit, Aman Raj, Kunal Jha, Shibu Mitra, Aman Tiwary, Rohit, Omprakash Jaiswal and many others have extended their sincere cooperation in organizing the relief material distribution events.
03 November 2017, Amrit Nagar (Hazaribag): Central Social Welfare Board & Jharkhand State Social Welfare Board supported Family Counselling Centre or FCC has organized a seminar upon “My Goal – Corruption Free India” among the students of Amrit Nagar High School at Amrit Nagar village. The seminar was presided by Mr. Dharmanand Ray (Senior Teacher, ANHS) who said that its more important to save the character instead of making this these days. We have our own honesty and dutyfulness only that we can contribute to the goal of making India corruption free, he opined during the programme.
Before this, Mrs. Meera Gupta (Counsellor, FCC) has briefed about NBJK with FCC and introduced the theme of this seminar. She has thrown light over different dimensions of corruption and warned about deteriorating dignity of family relationship even. We women can feel secured and safe in a corruption free society only, she pointed out. Mr. Shankar Rana (Lok Samiti) has suggested for quality education, character making endeavors and citizen friendly laws to uproot corruption from our national life. Many class 10th students have participated in the seminar and expressed their views. Muskan Kumari has conveyed her grief over increasing violence in society and Neeta was of the view that more educated people are more corrupt. Nisha Kumari has termed gender disparity as a corrupt practice and people become corrupt due to lack of humanity, another student Laxmi added her conclusion.
Mr. Sanjay Kumar (Counsellor, FCC) was concerned about low birth ratio of girl children and insisted to check female foeticide. On behalf of FCC, he thanked all the students and teachers to make the seminar meaningful.
24 October, Hazaribag: NBJK has organized monthly mental health camp with help of Ranchi Institute of Neuro Psychiatry & Allied Sciences (RINPAS), Ranchi under the program of Support to Marginalized Mentally Ill People in partnership with Bread for the World, Germany.
The camp was held in the premises of NBJK Coordination Office, Amrit Nagar (Hazaribag) and 928 patients of epilepsy/mental illness have got medical consultation with medicines free of cost here. Out of these, 894 were old patients and 34 have been enrolled as new to get proper medical intervention for their diseases. All these have come from not only villages of different blocks under Hazaribag district but from other districts like Ramgarh, Koderma, Dhanbad, Giridih, Chatra also. The patients were suffering from epilepsy, insomnia, depression, schizophrenia, bipolar and other behavioural disorders.
RINPAS team was comprised of the psychiatrists like Dr. Vinod Kumar, Dr. Sujeet Prasad and Dr. Amit Kumar Sharma along with the paramedical staffs including Mr. Puroshottam Kumar, Mrs. Jayanti Ayunanda, Mrs. Renu Tirky and Mr. Puran Munda.
NBJK staffs like Ms. Shahjehan, Mrs. Neelam Sharma, Mrs. Mary Hansda, Mrs. Pratima Devi, Mr. Annu, Mr. Om Prakash, Mr. Sudeep, Mr. Shailesh, Mr. Narsingh, Mr. Poornprakash Rana and Mr. Sujeet Mishra have laboured hard to manage such a large number of patients. These staffs have ensured medical consultation and medicines for all of them.
14 October 2017, Ramgarh: District level training program to Aanganwadi Sevikas was organized by NBJK under the program of Services to Deafblind Children with support of Sense India, Ahmedabad. The training held at Rotary Club, Ramgarh and Mr. Rashmi Kant Mishra (Training Officer, Sense India) has oriented the Sevikas about the phenomenon of Deafblindness, its causes, symptoms and preventive measures in detail.
Before this, Mrs. Sushmita Bhattacharya (Program Manager, NBJK) has welcomed all the participants and said that we want to reach all such deafblind children still deprived of any facility or support. She requested Aanganwadi Sevikas to identify such children and to work as a link person for them. There were some experimental demonstrations among the trainees to make them feel like any deafblind child and to develop a sense of empathy for the target group.
There were more than 60 Aanganwadi Sevikas including Mrs. Madhuri Devi, Veena Kumari, Shweta Devi, Anjani Devi, Indrani, Savitri, Sheela, Nazma Khatoon, Lalita Devi, Abha Devi, Renu Yadav, Draupdi, Tajo Devi, Usha Devi and others participated in the training. Also Mr. Mukesh Kumar, Kapildev Kumar, Rajesh Kumar, Sujata Singh and Sunita Devi from Ramgarh Program team have enriched the training.
Mr. Abhay Kumar (District Program Coordinator, Ramgarh) has thanked all the participants, trainer and program team members for their valuable roles in the training.
13 October 2017, Hazaribag: Sub-committee members of Family Counselling Centre (FCC) were present in the meeting held at Women Police Station premises to discuss about quarterly performance of FCC run by NBJK with support of Jharkhand State Social Welfare Board and Central Social Welfare Board, Delhi.
The meeting was chaired by Mrs. Ameltina Ekka (In-charge, Women PS) and members have suggested that FCC should get help of Panchayti Raj members and local Mukhiya to settle cases. Ms. Veena Sethi (Advocate) has advised to involve members of women SHGs to support the victims of domestic violence. We must keep the parents in confidence if dealing with the cases of love marriage, she opined during the meeting.
Mrs. Meera Gupta (Senior Counsellor) has tabled the work report of FCC from 01 August-12 October 2017 and reported about 34 cases registered during the period. Out of these, 12 were related to Alcoholism, 11 to marital dispute, 7 to bigamy, 2 to land dispute, 1 to adolescent love affair and 1 to monetary fraud, she explained with documentary proof. We could reconcile total 17 cases and Women Police Station has extended all its support to get them resolved, she told. Other members of FCC Sub-committee like Mr. Rajiv Ranjan (Circle Police Inspector), Mrs. Susheela, Shiv Kumari Sony, Sister Anny Thomas, Mrs. Usha Bahen, Mr. Tulsi Dubey, Mr. Arvind Jha, Mr. Chandan Kumar, Mrs. Saraswati Soren and Mr. Sanjay Kumar (Counsellor) have contributed the meeting.
12 October 2017, Chouparan/Dumka: LokNayak JayPrakash Eye Hospital (Chouparan & Dumka units) has observed World Sight Day with enthusiasm and organized mass awareness as well as eye care activities for people. At LNJPEH, Bahera (Chouparan, Hazaribag), a workshop with rural health workers (Sahiyas) upon early eye care was inaugurated by Mr. Kumar Saurabh (Manager, Aditya Birla Financial Services-Hazaribag) in presence of Dr. Yogendra Singh (Medical Officer, PHC-Chouparan), Mr. Narendra Singh (Mukhiya, Bahera Panchayat), Mr. Girija Satish (President, NBJK), Mr. Gandharv Gaurav (Program Director, NBJK), Mr. Tripan Das (Hospital Administrator), Mr. Karunanidhi (In-charge, Vision Centers-LNJPEH) and others. Mr. Saurabh has praised LNJPEH for focus upon community eye care and cost effective services. We have celebrated the day with vision restoration for 50 people through cataract operation including spectacles, medicines free of cost, Mr. Gandharv Gaurav updated. Mr. Tripan Das has briefed that LNJPEH has conducted 66 village camps, 17333 OPD, offered treatment for around 2500 people with Cataract, Glaucoma, Retina and dispensed more than 3500 power glasses during April-September 2017. There were 75 Sahiya participants in the workshop and Dr. Alok has oriented them towards preventive-curative measures for eye care.
At Dumka, the hospital has launched an awareness campaign from 9 to 12 October and 419 people (from Dumka, Devghar, Pakur, Jamtara and Godda districts) have availed treatment here. Also 56 cataract patients got operated by Dr. Mohan Lal and Dr. Dheeraj during the period. On 11th, LNJPEH Dumka remembered Loknayak JP on his birth anniversary and Mr. Anand Abhinav (Program Director) has called him as a source of motivation for nation building. He said that right from its initiation in the year 2008, Loknayak JayPrakash Eye Hospital, Dumka has provided proper treatment to 57,792 eye patients and restored vision to 12,883 cataract suffering people. The campaign team was comprised of Messrs Sudarshan Pandey, Anirvan Panda, Himanshu Kumar, Santosh Gautam, Ezaz Alam, Sitaram Yadav and others.
11 October 2017, Patna: A convention upon peace and harmony held on the occasion of JP Jayanti at IMA Hall, Patna under the joint auspices of Bihar Pradesh Lok Samiti and Nav Bharat Jagriti Kendra. The program was inaugurated by Mr. Girija Satish (National President, Lok Samiti) who said that we are basically a non-communal society and our governments must treat all the citizens equally. He blamed Babri Masjid demolition as a key factor behind post independence detachment between Hindu and Muslim communities and said that linking religious faith with vote is dangerous as it diverts attention from real issues. Mr. Girija has called communalism as anti-development and stressed over all-religious harmony through thematic conventions at village-block-district level, organising joint celebration of festivals with focus upon cultural components and better school syllabus.
As the chief guest of this convention, Prof. (Mrs.) M. N. Anzum (Head, English & Foreign Languages, Magadh University) has termed peace and harmony as corresponding to each other. She called for protection of fundamental rights enshrined by the constitution. Prof. Anzum has appealed to follow humanity, democratic values and ideological respect to remember JP in a true sense. In his key note address, Mr Kaushal Ganesh Azad (National Coordinator, Lok Samiti) has appreciated Indian culture as inclusive one and said that people from all religions have contributed to nation building and they must be honored. Mr. Bijay Kumar (President, Bihar Pradesh Lok Samiti) has presided over the convention and said that Gandhi-JP thoughts should be promoted for peace & harmony. Mr. Shivji Singh (General Secretary, Bihar Pradesh Lok Samiti) has assured for initiatives by Lok Samiti to promote fraternity.
Other prominent speakers were Messrs Prof. Mahendra Lal Karn (Academician), Vidyabhushan Singh (Ex-MLA), Vinod Sharma (Treasurer, National Lok Samiti), Chandrabhushan (Secretary, National Lok Samiti), Kranti Rashosh (Coordinator, Bihar Lok samiti), Jagannath Singh and many others. The convention has passed resolutions regarding non-discrimination and equality among citizens by people and Regional Political Parties and about programs for peace & harmony at village-block-district levels by Lok Samiti. Also the convention has appealed schools & colleges to initiate all religions prayer by Gandhi ji and reconstruction of academic curriculam to promote peace and harmony.
10-16 October, Mahuda (Dhanbad): 7 days tailoring training and new sewing machines have been provided to 10 rural women beneficiaries selected by Jharkhand Gramin Vikas Trust, village-Kacharra, Mahuda (Dhanbad), a partner organization under Usha Silai School Program by NBJK with support of Usha International Limited, Delhi.
The training was conducted by Mrs. Sangita Jaiswal (Master Trainer) and Mr. Ritesh Lohani (Program Manager) from Usha International Ltd. The trainees have learnt new skills and sewing machine maintainance during the training held at Panchayat Sachivalay, Kandra (Mahuda More). The women who got such support were Mrs. Ranju Devi (Bhurangiya), Lakshmi Devi (Patthargadhiya), Champa Devi (Kanchanpur), Bhuvaneshwari Devi (Lututaand), Sushma Devi (Paarjoriya), Priyanka Devi (Kandra), Chameli devi (Kalyanpur), Shamima Parveen (Kacharra), Sitara Khatun (Kumardih), Laljan Khatoon (Naagda). All these belong to week socio-economic background and determined to raise income by opening of Usha Silai Schools in their respective localities.
In the concluding ceremony, Mr. Shankar Rana (Representative, NBJK) has applauded Usha International for such initiative to women empowerment and extended his best wishes to all. The program was graced by Mr. Chakradhari Mahto (Mukhiya), Mr. Parmeshwar Rawani and other dignitaries also.