An Initiative To Fight Against Cystic Fibrosis

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Pic: Dipanjana Datta

KOLKATA: Cystic Fibrosis! Yes, it might raise some eyebrows among the common people. To be honest, it has ample reasons to do so. School of Human Genetics and Population Health is one of those organizations to come forward, take an initiative and create an awareness among the people regarding this life threatening disease, Cystic Fibrosis. A fund raising exhibition was held at the Princeton Club of Kolkata on Friday by the School of Human Genetics and Population Health to make numerous people aware of this genetic disease.

Pic: Dipanjana Datta
Pic: Dipanjana Datta

Cystic Fibrosis primarily affects the lungs and digestive system due to production of unusually thick sticky mucus. An estimated 70,000 children are affected worldwide. Though there is sparse knowledge of this disease in India, epidemiological surveys with migrant Indian population suggest that CF is present at a higher incidence than what is reported from India itself. This is majorly due to lack of proper diagnosis in India. The School of Human Genetics and Population Health has therefore, stepped into the issue and is trying to make more and more people aware of this disease and it’s outcomes.

The organization had roped in Baniprosonno for the fund raising programme at Princeton Club, Kolkata. The veteran artist came forward to hold an exhibition at the venue where his paintings were displayed at a very nominal price. He even held creative workshops for children at the exhibition. The workshops included, ‘PAINT and RECYCLE’. Children got a chance to colour the artist’s sketches over there and he also showed them how to use household items to make fabulous sculptors out of it. It was the highlight of the fund raiser.

Pic: Dipanjana Datta
Pic: Dipanjana Datta

According to Dr. Dipanjana Datta, a Senior Scientist of School of Human Genetics and Population Health, “Friday’s programme is just a small step towards a long journey.” With the kind of response at the exhibition, Dr. Datta felt quite confident that Cystic Fibrosis could be countered in the long run provided people actively participate in it’s awareness.

A report by Spandan Banerjee.

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