QUARTERLY REPORT OF ACTIVITIES OF INDIAN RED CROSS SOCIETY, PUNJAB STATE BRANCH FOR THE QUARTER FROM OCTOBER TO DECEMBER,2015.
1. YOUTH/JUNIOR RED CROSS ACTIVETIES:-
(a) Collection of Red Cross Flag :- Indian Red Cross Society, Punjab State Branch, Chandigarh collected Red Cross Flag share amount Rs. 1,60,758/-from Oct. 2015 to Dec. 2015 from various colleges & Schools of Punjab.
(b) Collection of Youth Red Cross Share:- Indian Red Cross Society, Punjab State Branch, Chandigarh collected Red Cross share amount Rs. 7,34,871/-from Oct. 2015 to Dec. 2015 from various colleges & Schools of Punjab.
(c) Collection of 30% Life/Patron/Membership Share from State & District Branches :- Indian Red Cross Society, Punjab State Branch, Chandigarh collected 30% Membership Share from all Districts Red Cross Branches is Rs. 17,300/-from Oct. 2015 to Dec. 2015.
(d) Collection of 30% Share from District Branches:- Indian Red Cross Society, Punjab State Branch, Chandigarh collected 30% Donation Share from all districts is Rs. 3,05,600/- from Oct. 2015 to Dec. 2015.
2. ALL INDIA NATIONAL YOUTH EXCHANGE PROGRAMME 24TH DEC.,2015 TO 30TH DEC.,2015 AT BHAVAN’S S.L PUBLIC SCHOOL, AMRITSAR
Indian Red Cross Society, Punjab State Branch, Chandigarh has organized All India Youth Exchange Programme, Inter State-Cum JRC Camp at Bhavan’s SL Public School, Amritsar from 24th December, to 30th December2015. The registration of the camp was done on 24-12-2015 in which 299 students, Teachers/Counselors from the States of Uttarakhand, Himachal Pardesh, Uttar Pradesh, Chandigarh, Madhya Pardesh Tamilnadu Odisha, Meghalaya, Haryana, Bihar, Delhi and 09 Districts from Punjab i.e. Amritsar Fetehgarh Sahib, Gurdaspur, Hoshiarpur, Ludhiana, Moga, Patiala, Sangrur & S.A.S Nagar (Mohali) were registered.
The boarding and lodging arrangements i.e. room allotment, bedding and other necessary items were arranged by Bhavan’s S.L Public School, Amritsar.
The camp schedule was discussed in the meeting of the Counselors of different States held in the Conference Hall under the Chairmanship of Shri K.K. Saini, Senior Field Officer of Indian Red Cross Society, Punjab State Branch and Camp Director.
On 25th December, 2015 the day was started early in the morning with P.T. & Yoga, conducted by K.K. Saini, Camp Director. The Inauguration of the Camp was started with Flag hoisting and paying tribute to Sir Jean Henri Dunant & Bhai Ghaniya Jee by Kunwar Vijay Partap Singh, D.I.G Border Range, Jalandhar who was Chief Guest of inauguration ceremony. The function was presided over by Shri C.S Talwar,IAS(Retd) Secretary, Indian Red Cross Society, Punjab State Branch.
Sh. Avinash Mahindru, Chairman, Bhavan’s S.L. Public School, Amritsar was Special Guest of the Function. In his presidential address, Kunwar Vijay Partap Singh motivated all students to be good citizens by taking higher education and to serve the country. He further appreciated efforts of Punjab Red Cross to boost national integration and friendship passion in the youth who participating from 12 states of the Country. Speaking on the occasion, Sh. C.S. Talwar, IAS (Retd.), Secretary, Indian Red Cross Society, Punjab State Branch said that the main aim and objective to organize this All India National Youth Exchange Programme was to encourage the Youth for welfare of the humanity.
An early in the morning on 26th December, 2015 P. T. Yoga was imparted by K.K. Saini, Camp Director. In view of the Swatch Bhart Abhiyan of Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, the campers visited at Company Bag and Lachi Bag Amritsar and cleaned around with dedication. Flag Hoisting was done by JRC Volunteers. A play on Swatch Bharat Abhiyan was also performed by students of Bhavan’s S.L. Public School, Amritsar to motivate the general public. In the evening, Cultural Competitions i.e. Folk song and Group song competitions were organized in which contingents of all states were participated state wise and performed their cultural song.
On 27th December, 2015 Cultural Competitions i.e. Group Dance competitions were organized by the other State and Punjab separately, First Position secured by Bhavan’s S.L. Public School, Amritsar, Second Position was got by Guru Gobind Singh Vidya Mandir Sr. Sec. School, Ratwara Sahib SAS Nagar and Third Position obtained by S.D. S.V.M. School Talwara, Hoshiarpur of Punjab State. While from other States. First Position secured by Madhya Pradesh State, Second Position was got by Odisha State and Third Position attained by Haryana State. Besides that topics on different subjects were given for group discussions for one student each from Punjab State as well as from other States.
3. VISIT TO SRI GOLDEN TEMPLE, JALIANWALA BAGH SRI DURGIANA TEMPLE AND WAGAH BORDER AMRITSAR.
On 28th December, 2015, all participants were joined Yoga Session and learn the Key of healthy life. After Flag Hoisting all the contingents visited Sri Golden Temple with full devotion and stayed there for long time. All participants were visited Retreat Ceremony at wagah Border, Amritsar. The transport facility was provided by District Administration, Amritsar. In the evening, participants were visited Sri Durgiana Temple, Amritsar.
On 29th December,2015 Flag Hoisting was done after that various competitions i.e. Quiz Written test, Poster Making, declamation, Paper Reading, Slogan on Swatch Bharat and Quiz Oral competition were organized. Day after closing function of the camp was started. Secretary, Punjab State Red Cross Branch was Chief Guest of this function, was welcomed by JRC Volunteers. Cultural item i.e. group dance was performed by JRC Volunteers. The event was presided over by Sri Avinash Mahindru, Chairman Bhavan’s S.L. Public School, Amritsar.
The camp report was prepared by Miss Anjali Jha of Delhi State and camp impression by Dr. L.N. Sharma Saroj, Madhya Pradesh State. The Resource Persons, Red Cross Volunteers those rendered services for successful organization of these National level camp alongwith participants of Punjab and other States who stood First, Second and Third Positions in various competitions were awarded by the Chief Guest alongwith other dignitaries. After the award ceremony and Bhangra was performed by the students of Bhavan’s S.L. Public School Amritsar. The detailed report on the camp activities presented by K.K. Saini, Camp Director. The function was ended with National Anthem.
On 30th December, 2015 the students & counselors/teachers of all States started to depart after breakfast. The students & counselors/teachers of each state were given their respective certificates, trophies with relieving slips.
4. FIRST AID TRAINING
First Aid Training was imparted to 674 candidates of Nathpa Jhakri, Vardhman (Baddi) and General Public Chandigarh during October to December, 2015. An amount of Rs. 4, 71,800/- was collected as training fees.
5. MEDICINES TO POOR PATIENTS
Indian Red Cross Society, Punjab State Branch, Chandigarh through Social workers of the Local Unit of Hospital Welfare Section, PGI Chandigarh, supplied free medicines of wroth Rs. 1, 29,908/- to the poor and needy patients during this quarter. These Social workers collected Rs. 74,607/- as donations from various donors during this period which was deposited in Red Cross Office by them.
6. CARE AND SUPPORT CENTRE
11 Nov. 2015, Diwali Festival was celebrated in the campus of Care and Support Centre, Patiala alongwith the people living with HIV/AIDS. Mr. Sandeep registered 15 clients . The Counselors explained to the clients about some infection and allergy and also due to change of season. This Diwali festival celebration ended in a very good mood.
(a) World Aids Day:- An event was organized on 1st December 2015 on World AIDS Day by Punjab State AIDS Control Society. On the occasion, Chief Guest of the event Sh. Surjit Kumar Jyani, Hon,ble Health and Family Planning Minister, Punjab given the “Best Performance Award” to Care, and support Centre Patiala for carrying the fantastic outreach including other care and Support Centre Services under Vihan Programme.
On 4th December, 2015, A Candle march was organized at Patiala. This Candle march was led by Care & Support Centre, Patiala Team. Mr. Hem Rishi, Counsellor as a speaker aware the people on HIV and AIDS.
Care & Support Centre Patiala organized a HIV/AIDS awareness and Spouse/ Family Testing Camp to celebrate World Aids week at Art Centre in GMC/RH Hospital Patiala. More than 60 people attended the awareness and testing program.CSC team was conducting a free HIV Counselling and Testing Camp in the collaboration with ART, ICTC Centre, Rajindra Hospital, Patiala. Programme involve on HIV/AIDS and its prevention educating public and HIV testing. Zero person found HIV Positive out of 26.
On World Aid Day, Social Entitlement Camp is organized By Care & Support Centre, Patiala of Indian Red Cross Society and HLFPPT with the Help of Multiple NGOs. CSC was very thankful to Dr. Shivali Mitta.
(b) SUPPORT GROUP MEETING:- On the direction of HLFPPT Care & Support Centre Patiala is conducting 15 Support group meetings every month. The minimum 10 to 15 clients have to attend the meeting
(c) DISTRICT LEVEL ADVOCACY MEETING:- An advocacy Meeting was organized with Janhit Samity, Patiala regarding Free Basic Course, Cutting & Tailoring Education for PLHIV.
(d) DISCRIMINATION RESPONSE TEAM:- Meeting at Care & Support Centre, Saket Hospital, Patiala organized a discrimination Response meeting in their camps.
Indian Red Cross Society Punjab State Branch Chandigarh
Prevention & Management of Tuberculosis including MDR-TB in district Amritsar and Jalandhar in Punjab (year-2015)
The Tuberculosis disease is number 1 public health problem in India as 23% of the cases of the world are reported in this country. The tuberculosis control program is being run by Govt of India through the Ministry of Health for the last more than 50 years. But still the problem is very acute. The Indian Red Cross society National Headquarters took initiative to support the health department as an effort to control this disease. In this regard, a TB Project India was started in two districts of Punjab Amritsar & Jalandhar in the year 2009. The Punjab State Red Cross Branch is implementing this project by involving Red Cross volunteers. This project was further expanded with the support of IRISH Red Cross Society from January 2015. A brief summary of the achievements under this project for the quarter Oct to Dec – 2015 is given as under.
Summary of Achievements during Oct to Dec – 2015:
1) 353 vulnerable TB cases were enrolled in district Amritsar & Jalandhar for treatment under the project out of which 236 have been cured till 31st Dec-2015 and the others are still under treatment.
2) Red Cross volunteers held 393 counseling sessions at DOT Centres to ensure regular treatment & follow hygiene etiquettes, keeping cloth or handkerchief at the time of speaking or coughing, proper disposal of sputum, keeping distance from children etc.
3) The Red Cross volunteers & District Coordinator made 923 home visits to TB patients for family counseling & health education. The home visits helped in reduction of social stigma about this disease.
4) 18 Awareness meetings were organized in the community on TB by the Red Cross volunteers.
5) 2 Nukkad Natak Shows and a Magic Show were also held to make the public aware on tuberculosis and its prevention & early treatment.
6) 20250 hand bills on TB were distributed during the awareness meetings & door-to-door visits by the Red Cross volunteers.
7) The project activities were supervised by the state coordinator
8) 3 Mega Health Check-up & Screening Camps were held (two in District Amritsar & one in Jalandhar) to trace out missing TB patients. 2067 patients visited these camps who were provided specialized medical care. X-rays of 153 suspected TB patients were also conducted in the camp. 33 confirmed TB patients identified through these camps were put on DOTS treatment.
2nd TB Control Project under Slum Area Scheme Amritsar
The 2nd TB Project under Slum Area Scheme is also in implementation by the Punjab Red Cross Society in Katra Sufaid, Namak Mandi & Haripura Area of Amritsar. This project is meant for covering Cat-I and Cat-II TB patients and is being implemented in partnership with Punjab Health Department. Indian Red Cross society has set up four Red Cross TB DOTS Centres where patients are being treated and given patient care support and counseling for taking regular medicines till the completion of the treatment course. There were 114 TB patients who were registered with the Red Cross DOT Centres for treatment till Dec-2015 and 54 of them were declared cured while the other are under treatment. Community awareness activities were also carried out by the Red Cross volunteers in order to make public aware on tuberculosis, its prevention and treatment.
Activities in Pictures