Wellness and happiness” workshop

The 67th Independence Day, 15th August, 2013, was celebrated by IWSA by conducting several programs. The different committees of IWSA ushered in the Independence Day with a spirit of happiness and introspection.  The Hostel committee hoisted the national flag and the young hostel inmates sang patriotic songs. The Day Care Centre and Nursery School Committee enacted a special play with a patriotic flavor.
Murli Laj Chugani Community Health Care Centre of Indian Women Scientists’ Association had arranged a special programme to mark its remodeled health care centre (HCC) (which has a dentist, physiotherapist, homeopath and gynecologist) and also to emphasize the importance of positive health in today’s stressful daily life.
The HCC caters to all members of the community (males and females), including the less privileged, who tend to ignore small aches and pains, especially in the mouth. This is also true of our young population till the pains turn into agony. The 15th August programme had the special feature of emphasizing ‘wellness’ and happiness. Hence the programme consisted of two talks by eminent clinicians, Dr. R.K. Kulkarni, Head, Medical Division, BARC and Dr. Subhash Dhivare, orthopaedic surgeon at MGM Hospital, followed by a free dental checkup by IWSA’s dentist, Dr. Asmita Jadhav, assisted by an intern, Dr. Vrushalini from D. Y. Patil College, Nerul, and a ‘wellness’ group session accompanied by music conducted by the physiotherapist, Dr. P. Bhoir. The response to the programme was overwhelming.
The programme started with a welcome by Dr. Rita Mukhopadhya, member, HCC, and presentation of Tulsi saplings to the guests by Dr. Surekha Zingde, member of HCC. Patriotic songs: ‘We can overcome’ and ‘A mere vatan ke logo’ were beautifully rendered by hostel inmates.  Next, Prof. B. S. Mahajan, convenor of the HCC and Trustee, IWSA, briefly introduced IWSA, and the genesis of the HCC thanks to the generous donation of Murli Laj Chugani Trust in the early 1980’s and its many activities, to the audience. Dr. Kulkarni gave a comprehensive view of today’s health scenario in the country, as to how India has a heavy burden of both communicable and non communicable diseases, and how the new medical technologies are putting an extra burden on the health exchequer. In such a scenario, he emphasized the important role of preventive health and the role played by IWSA.  He further informed that good health is a necessity for good life.  The Government is making serious efforts to ensure that the health needs of the populace at large is receiving due attention by allocation of substantial funds.  Further it has set up several commissions to address different health issues.  There is however need for enhancing the allocations to optimally meet the requirement of the masses across the country.  He gave examples of some treatment modalities for the diseases.  Each of these modalities had their pros and cons and no clinician can guarantee that the treatment would be fully effective although all efforts are made towards complete patient care. 
Dr Kulkarni, congratulated the IWSA for their efforts towards disseminating information on several health issues, providing economical dental and physiotherapy services, and arranging camps for detection of cancer.  He offered to work out modalities to encourage beneficiaries of CHS who reside in Vashi/ Navi Mumbai to use the facilities at IWSA.
Dr. Dhivare ‘s illuminating lecture took the audience on a tour of maintaining good bone health; starting with the structure of bone, he informed them about the biology of the ageing bone, factors (such as, smoking, alcohol, and hormonal changes) which lead to aging or osteoporosis and the many ways in which osteoporosis could be slowed. With examples, he emphasized the importance of calcium rich diet, exercise and sunlight exposure in maintainace of good bones. 
The remodeled HCC was then inaugurated by Dr. Kulkarni and everyone appreciated its layout and planning. The ‘wellness’ group session started with the beat of foot-tapping music. It was attended by more than 70 persons, ranging from the elderly in their 70’s to the youthful hostel inmates.
In parallel, the free dental camp started and 35 registered patients, drawn from the hostel (8), and the weaker sections were checked up. The results were upsetting, in that nearly all patients had gingivitis, i.e. "inflammation of the gum tissue". While this by itself is non-destructive to the gum tissue (peridontal), its neglect can lead to periodontitis or gum disease, which could lead to irreversible damage to the jaw and gums.  Gingivitis occurs in response to bacterial biofilms or plaque, which sticks tight on to the tooth surfaces, and hence called as plaque-induced gingivitis. This usually occurs due to careless brushing of teeth or bad oral hygiene.  Three patients suffered from cavities and root canal.
The programme ended with a vote of thanks by Ms. Bhavsar of the HCC. In conclusion, everyone enjoyed the entire programme and there are now demands to have more of wellness sessions, and some outreach programmes, perhaps in collaboration with BARC medical division.

Report of Dental Camp: 15th August, 2013:
Number of patients examined: 35. Of these, the following results were obtained:

  1. 9O% had problems related to gums (gingivitis/periodontitis caused by accumulation of plaque. This results due to improper/casual brushing of teeth or poor oral hygiene);

  2. 60% had decayed teeth;

  3. 20% had problems of Bruxism   (excessive grinding of the teeth and/or excessive clenching of the jaw. This is an oral para-functional activity, and not an activity related to normal functions, such as, eating or talking. People with bruxism may not realize the presence of this problem as initially symptoms are of minor nature. But slowly, hypersensitive teeth, aching jaw muscles, and headaches result, with constant wear and tear of teeth. Dental restorations need to be done repeatedly.

  4. 40% patients required orthodontic treatment.

Dr. Asmita Jadhav, BDS

Dentist at MLC Health Care Centre of Indian Women Scientists’ Association

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