A district polio workshop, along with a training programme for club presidents and secretaries, titled Parivridhi, was organised by RC Moradabad Central, D 3100. RIDE Dr Bharat Pandya was the chief guest and he urged the district leadership to expand membership and reach out to communities with impactful projects. Giving a bird’s-eye view of Rotary’s medical projects across the world and how this had ushered in better healthcare for needy communities, he said, “new members have to be retained and they should be well-connected with Rotary projects. We should project a good image of Rotary for better reach in the community.”
Briefly touching upon the pioneering role of Rotary in eradicating polio from India, INPPC Chairman Deepak Kapur said the NID camps had made a big difference in making India polio-free.“We had to overcome stiff resistance from certain pockets where religious sentiments proved a hurdle,” he said. Now, Rotary’s focus has extended to fighting rubella and measles which are claiming several lives in India.
DG Deepak Jain listed out the on-going programmes of the district.Credit for the success of the event was given to District PolioPlus Chairman PDG Rajeev Rastogi. Over 45 clubs took part in the seminar. Specially-designed ID cards were distributed by Pandya to members of the host club. The card displays all information about a member including their Rotary ID numbers and these can be used during foreign trips too. With the present membership at 52, Club President Anujj Agarwal aims to increase it to 65 by the year-end.
Other service programmes
An awareness camp on cervical cancer was organised with the help of Interact Club of the Aryans International School in Moradabad. It benefitted 250 girl students. Gynaecologists and cancer specialists explained preventive steps against cervical cancer and shared information on other health issues such as anaemia and menstrual hygiene, said Agarwal. Free haemoglobin tests were conducted and girls were educated about special tests like Pap Smear for detection of cervical cancer.
In another event in partnership with the CL Gupta Eye Hospital, an eye check-up and ENT screening camp was held for around 170 inmates at the Moradabad district jail.