Brahma Kumaris Centres supporting Pilot Study of NPCDCS – Ayush Project at two selected districts
Medical Wing is collaborating with Ministry of AYUSH and Director General of Health Services, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of India in their ongoing Nation Programme for Prevention and Control of Cancer, Diabetes, Cardio-vascular Diseases and Stroke [NPCDCS] and AYUSH project for prevention and management of lifestyle related diseases.
India is experiencing a rapid health transition with a rising burden of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD) like Cardiovascular diseases, Cancer, Chronic Respiratory Diseases, Diabetes and other that are estimated to account for around 60% of all deaths, thus making them the leading causes of death.
NCDs cause considerable loss in potentially productive years of life. Losses due to premature deaths related to heart diseases, stroke and Diabetes are also projected to increase over the years. In order to prevent and control major NCDs, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare had launched the National Programme for Prevention and Control of Cancer, Diabetes, Cardiovascular Diseases and Stroke (NPCDCS) in 2010.
AYUSH facilities and methodologies are being integrated with NPCDCS services for prevention and management of common NCDs in 2015. Three research organizations of the Ministry of AYUSH i.e. Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences (CCRAS), Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy (CCRH) and Central Council for Research in Unani Medicine (CCRUM) are given the responsibility.
Yoga is a part as adjuvant therapy. Yoga as an intervention is being encouraged as an integral part of NCD prevention and management. The major objective of the programme is prevention and early diagnosis of these diseases; reduce complications; reduce drug dependency through these systems. It also aims towards capacity building for human resource development.
The districts in which the programme has been initiated are as below:
CCRAS – Bhilwara (Rajasthan), Surendranagar (Gujarat) and Gaya (Bihar).
CCRUM – Lahimpur Khiri (Uttar Pradesh)
CCRH – Krishna (Andhra Pradesh) and Darjeeling (West Bengal)
Initially we work with the Govt. in two [Bhilwara in Rajasthan and Surendranagar in Gujarat] out of the six implementing districts.
Activities at a Glance – Surendranagar:
- Meeting of teams of Medical Wing and Directorate General Health Services and AYUSH Ministry at BK Centre, Surendranagar, Gujarat on 4th October 2016. The meeting was attended by BK Harsha Didi from BK Centre, Surendranagar, Dr. Mukesh Patel (Ahmedabad) and Dr. Valsalan Nair (Mount Abu) from Medical Wing, Dr. Swasticharan, CMO,Dte. GHS and Dr. VK Shahi, Dy. Director, CCRAS from Delhi, Dr. PVV Prasad, Asst. Director and Anu Bhatnagar, Research Officer, RARISD (Ahmedabad) attended the meeting. It was decided that a two days training programme for NPCDCS-AYUSH integration project staff of 11 Community Health Centres (CHCs) of the district be organized at BK Centre, Surendranagar to sensitise them about Raja Yogi Lifestyle, a healthy lifestyle as taught by the Brahma Kumaris.
- Two days training for sensitisation of the NPCDCS-AYUSH integration project staff was held at BK Centre, Surendranagar from 12-13 November 2016. SM Dev, CMO inaugurated the training. Dr. VK Shahi, Dy. Director, CCRAS, Delhi and Dr. PVV Prasad, Asst. Director and Dr. Anu Bhatnagar, Research Officer both from RARISD, Ahmedabad attended the training programme along with entire staff of NPCDCS-AYUSH integration project. Dr. Valsalan Nair from Medical Wing conducted training and Dr. Shantanu Puranik, Sr. Consultant, District Hospital coordinated. A total of 80 persons were trained including Research Associates, Yoga Instructors, Pharmacists and other staff.
- The NPCDCS-AYUSH integration project staff were requested to continue with their practice of newly learned Raja Yogi Lifestyle and take support of nearest BK Centre. A whatsapp group was also formed to support the trained staff. The staff were also requested to identify patients who are interested in attending Holistic Health Education Camps to learn Raja Yogi Lifestyle.
- A meeting was held at RARISD, Ahmedabad on 17 February 2017 to discuss further planning. Valsalan Nair and BK Pratibha Behn from Medical Wing and Dr. PVV Prasad, Asst. Director, RARISD and Dr. Gangurde Vilas, Research Officer, RARISD from AYUSH attended the meeting. Dr. PVV Prasad informed that around 160 patients/healthy personnel who are identified at the CHCs with risk factors of NCDs like diabetes, hypertention, hypercholesteromemia etc. and are interested for Holistic Health Education Camp to control and manage their risk factors. It was decided to organize three days Holistic Health Education Camps at BK Centres Surendranagar, Dhangadhra and Wadhwan from 25-27 February 2017 for a total of 45-50 patients.
- Three days Holistic Health Education Camps were organized at BK Centres Surendranagar, Dhangadhra and Wadhwan from 25-27 February 2017. The camp timings were 9 am – 12.30 pm and 4 pm – 6 pm. BK Sisters from Surendranagar conducted the training. The training was attended by a total of around 60 patients.
Activities at a Glance – Bhilwara
- Banarsilal Sah visited Bhilwara on 8th January 2017 to address a meeting of 250-300 BK brothers and sisters. He appraised them that Bhilwara District has been identified for NPCDCS-AYUSH project of Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of India.
A meeting was also held in the afternoon with Dr. Mushtaq Khan, Addl. CMHO and his team of doctors and some prominent people of the city. He briefed them on the benefits of adopting Raja yogi Lifestyle. Dr. Khan was interested and he was ready to train his entire team of health department on this healthy lifestyle. It was decided that three days training may be organized at BK Centres for batches of 50 personnel each.
- It was decided to conduct the training for Health Department Staff in around 20 batches starting from 3rd February 2017 onwards.
- The training is still continuing.