City Witnesses the ‘Run for Health: Ayurveda Daud Swasthya Ki Aur’

Port Blair, Nov 04: To mark the 3rd National Ayurveda Day (DhanwantriJayanti) in the UT, a ‘Run for Health: Ayurveda Daud Swasthya Ki Aur’ was organized by the AYUSH wing of DHS and A & N State AYUSH Society with the theme ‘Ayurveda for Public Health’ and it got an overwhelming response from Islanders.
The run was flagged off by Secretary (Health)/M.D. (NAM), Ms. Kriti Garg, IAS, from Gandhi Statue, Mohanpura in two batches. The first batch which included Police & IRBn personnel was flagged off at 7:00 AM; while the second batch including students of SAI, SSC, ANCOL, Law College, &JNRM College was flagged off at 7:15 AM. In all, around 300 athletes jogged towards the Football Ground, JNRM College via Clock tower, Y-Narayan Junction, Dharamshala, Girls School Road. The crowd standing along the track cheered and encouraged the athletes during the course of run.
The winners were received at culmination point and were awarded with Medals, Certificates and Cash prizes at the solemn function which was graced by Principal Secretary (Health), Mr. K.R. Meena, IAS as a Chief Guest.
Mr. Mahesh Singh (RCT-IRBn), Mr. Sunder Singh (RCT-IRBn) and Mr. Joginder (RCT-IRBn) secured first, second and third positions in Category I of the Run. They were awarded with a cash prize of Rs. 10,000/-, Rs. 7000/- and Rs. 5000/- respectively apart from Gold, Silver and Bronze medals.
In category II, Mr. Rohit Bakhla (SAI), Mr. P.J. Jayson (SAI) and Mr. Ankit Chakroborthy (JNRM) won first, second and third positions in category II; and were awarded with Rs. 10,000/-, Rs. 7000/- and Rs. 5000/- respectively apart from Gold, Silver and Bronze medals.
Trophies were presented to the participating institutions (i.e. IRBn, A & N Police, ANCOL, JNRM, Law College, SAI & SSC) by the guest of Honor, Ms. Kriti Garg, Secretary (Health)/M.D.(NAM).Also, mementos were awarded to the panel of judges by Dr. S.P. Burma, the Director of Health Services.
In his address, the Chief Guest highlighted the significance of age old teachings (i.e. healthy lifestyles, diet habits and exercise) of sages of Ayurveda like Charaka and Shushruta for Preventive and Curative health of the society. He also greeted the winners as well as all the participants for completing the run successfully. The Principal Secretary (Health) also announced that the setting up of three more AYUSH Hospitals in collaboration with GoI atRangat, Port Blair and Car Nicobar for the benefits of the islanders is in process. Also, the work for Establishment of Panchakarma centers at District Hospital Mayabunder and Car Nicobar has also been commenced. Moreover, the cultivation of medicinal plants is being promoted at various parts of the islands to cater the increasing need of crude medicines.
Earlier, Director of Health Services welcomed the august gathering and emphasized on role of Ayurveda in daily life. He further appealed the general public to adopt regular walking as daily routine.
The prize distribution ceremony was attended by various dignitaries including Dr. Jaykumar, Principal ANCOL, Mr. Narshima Murthy, Asst. Cmndt., IRBn, Mr. V. Selvam, Officer I/c, SAI and Mr. K.S.Tiwari, Inspector of Police.
Dr. Kalyan P. Kadbhane, Deputy Director (AYUSH) proposed the vote of thanks. The award ceremony was coordinated by Dr. C. Rani, M.O (Homoeo), AYUSH Hospital.

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