Directorate of Underdeveloped Areas (DUDA) has conducted first phase entrepreneurship workshop cum free health camp on the theme “Reach out to them” in collaboration with medical and veterinary departments under Border Area Development Programme (BADP) 2008-09 for Meluri and Pungro blocks from February 24 to 28.
According to a press release issued by DUDA director, Mikha Lomi, speaking as one of the resource persons for the workshop Zholto Pusa, executive member, Craft Council of Nagaland, categorically emphasized the villagers on ‘self reliance’ through locally available raw materials including bamboo, wood and dry flower and challenged the villagers to transform the logging business into economically viable craftsmanship and also to preserve the ecological balance of the environment.
Also speaking as resource person, Dr. Vihielie Sanchu, educated the villagers the need for healthy coexisting of animal and mankind and further explained the importance of zoonotic diseases including avian flu, rabies and common domestic animal diseases and its prevention.
He also extended anti rabies and other vaccines for their domesticated animals besides providing free medicines and vitamins to the villagers which was contributed by veterinary department.
Dr. John, MO, Meluri, and Dr. K. Kapfo, NRHM, Phek, with their staff at Lephori village also conducted free medical health camp for Kamaleah range villagers while Dr. Moa and Dr. Imkong Sangtam with their staff from Pungro attended to a similar health camp at Salomi village where around 500 villagers availed the oppourtunity.
Meanwhile, the department has extended gratitude to DCs, CMOs and MOs of Phek and Kiphire, SDO (C), Pungro, Indian Red Cross Society, Nagaland, and the resource persons for their cooperation and services extended towards the success of the programme.