Hutbay, March 20: The Chief Secretary, A&N Administration, Shri Keshav Chandra, IAS on second day of his visit to Hutbay today, visited Primary Health Centre, Hutbay and interacted with health officials. The CMO, Dr. Shiny Varghese briefed the Chief Secretary about the facilities available in the PHC. CS praised the way the PHC is maintained. He also appreciated the efforts of the Doctors and paramedical staff for providing better health care to the patients at Hutbay.

Port Blair, March 20: The Department of Home Science, JNRM, NSS Units No.1 & 4 in association with the National Institute of Social Defence (NISD), Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Govt. of India organised One-Day Awareness Programme on Drug Abuse Prevention for College Students and valedictory programme in JNRM on 18th March 2023.

The Chief Guest, Shri.Sanjay Singh, Adhyaksh, Zilla Parishad addressing the participants said that mental determination is more important to keep oneself away from drug abuse and addiction. Due to the drugs, not only self but the entire family gets affected. The intervention programmes for the vulnerable people is important for which with community participation and public cooperation is important. Shri. Sanjay Singh said collective initiatives among individuals and groups is required for which the students’ role is very important.

Port Blair, March 20: The All India Tent Decorators Welfare Association, with its headquartered in New Delhi has extended its association to the Andaman & Nicobar Islands. A state conference meeting was held on Saturday, March 18, 2023, at Hotel Peerless Resort at 07:30 PM, where Mr. Ravi Jindal, National President of the Association, briefed the members about the Association's work.

I am pleased to learn that we will be observing the International Day of Forests on March 21, 2023, along with rest of the world. This day is meant to raise public awareness about the value of forests and their relationship with health, which is the United Nations' chosen theme "Forests and Health" for the year 2023.

Port Blair, March 20: The District Administration, South Andaman through District Health Society will be celebrating World Tuberculosis Day on 24th March 2023 with the theme “YES! WE CAN END TB” under National TB Elimination Programme with the concept of Prevention, Awareness & Treatment (PAT). In this connection, various activities will be conducted under South Andaman district such as, Flash Mob/ Street Play at the prominent places of South Andaman, Double Wicket Cricket Knockout Match at Choudhary Pahad Ground, Bambooflat with the theme of “TB Harega Desh Jeetega” on March 22 and Bike Rally from Deputy Commissioner’s Office, South Andaman to Flag Point with the theme of “Yes! We Can End TB” on March 24.