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Students turn Birhor saviours - DAV, BIT Sindri step in to fight water-borne diseases

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By PRADUMAN CHOUBEY in Dhanbad
  • Published 29.05.09
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Dhanbad, May 28: Students and teachers have stepped in to bring a difference in an area where the state has failed miserably.

Alerted by the third death of a Birhor this year in Chalkari village in Topchanchi due to the alleged apathy of state agencies, students and teachers of DAV Public School, Koylanagar, have decided to fight water-borne diseases ahead of the rainy season. They are working under the banner of Samvedna, a non-profit voluntary organisation.

Not far behind are students of BIT, Sindri, who have decided to provide mosquito nets and glucose. Besides, the eco club of the institute has launched an awareness campaign through their website, www.birhor.tk.

Expressing deep anguish over the death of Chhotan Birhor who was cremated on Tuesday in Chalkari village, Ashutosh Mairh, one of the founder members of Samvendna, said that serious efforts were required to improve the situation.

“With little knowledge about sanitation and hygiene, Birhors are prone to various diseases, besides skin and eye problems due to contaminated water,” said Ashutosh. “We will provide alum and other material, including bleaching powder to help villagers sanitise wells — the lone source of water for them besides a hand pump,” he said. The Samvendna unit will also expedite toilet construction in Birhor villages.

Meanwhile, students of the eco club of BIT, Sindri, are collecting money from all the 10 student societies of the institute to buy mosquito nets and glucose for the villagers. Project co-ordinator Vikash Singh said the drive would begin after June 12. He added that their efforts were aimed at sensitising the society and the state administration.