Aligarh : Dr Suhail Ur Rehman won the poster-making contest on ‘Choose Life, Not Drugs and Save Water, Save Earth’ held to mark the Nashe se Azaadi Pakhwada’ and ‘Catch the Rain Campaign’ in the ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ observations of the Department of Pathology, Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College (JNMC), Aligarh Muslim University (AMU).
Dr Ayesha Ansari stood second in the poster competition, while Dr Gouthami and Dr Surabhi Gautam finished first and second respectively in the slogan writing contest. Dr Iqra Usmani and Dr Kratee were declared the joint winners in the self composed poetry competition.
“A number of places and regions are chronically short of water and pressure on water resources is increasing across the globe. It is high time to find solutions for managing water resources efficiently”, said Prof S H Arif (Chairman, Department of Pathology) while pressing the need for rain water conservation.
Speaking on the harms of drug abuse, he pointed out: “People with addiction lose control over their actions. They crave and seek out drugs or other substances no matter what the cost—even at the risk of damaging friendships, hurting family, or losing jobs. There is an urgent need for the global community to unite to take all necessary actions to make sure that people of all age groups do not become addicted to drugs”.
“Teenagers and youth in their early 20s have been found especially vulnerable to possible addiction. There should be repeated awareness campaigns to make sure that they do not indulge in drug abuse”, said Prof Veena Maheshwari.
Prof Kiran Alam and Prof Mahboob Hasan stressed drug addiction as a devastating problem, with a relatively high death rate and serious social consequences.
They also spoke on the importance of conserving water.
Prof Kafil Akhtar, Prof Roobina Khan, Dr Hena Ansari and Dr Mohd Feroz Alam called for awareness campaigns on drug abuse and water conservation.
Dr Shagufta Qadri administered the solemn pledge against drug abuse and Dr Avadh read the ‘Jal Shapath’ oath for water conservation.
Dr Bushra Siddiqui recited an eye-opening poem on harms of drug abuse while conducting the programme and also extended the vote of thanks.