Healthy move: AIIMS-Bhubaneswr introduces millets for students, patients


Bhubaneswar, April 3: In an important move towards promoting healthy eating habits in the healthcare sector, AIIMS Bhubaneswar has introduced millets in the diet of its students and admitted patients here, said an official release on Monday.

According to AIIMS-Bhubaneswar communique, Executive Director Dr. Ashutosh Biswas launched this initiative to mark the auspicious occasion of “Utkal Dibasa” – the foundation day of Odisha State and G20 Jan Bhagidari campaign.

Biswas kickstarted the process of distributing millet added food items to the admitted patients. Also, the Executive Director had lunch with the students in the dining hall.

“We are really enthusiastic to introduce millets in the diet of our students and patients. We believe that it will provide the patients the essential fibres they need to recover quickly. We are committed to provide the best care to our patients and this is one of the many steps we are taking in that direction,” said Biswas.

Similarly, students will get rich nutrients and minerals from the locally available food, which will take care of their weight and immunity, added Biswas.

Drawing inspiration from the Hon’ble Prime Minister’s call to make ‘Jan Bhagidari’ a strong element of India’s G20 Presidency, AIIMS Bhubaneswar has planned a series of programmes for the month.

As a part of the noble campaign, AIIMS Bhubaneswar has introduced Millets in the diet of students and patients on “Utkal Dibasa”, informed Registrar of the Institute B B Mishra.

To create awareness about the health benefits of millets and spread the message to the public, a meeting was organised at OPD foyer.

A hand book on millet “Millets on Health Benefits and Diseases” written by Executive Director Dr. Ashutosh Biswas and Head of Dentistry Department Dr. Ashok Kumar Jena distributed it to the public.

Dietician of AIIMS Bhubaneswar Soumya Sucharita Prusty highlighted the importance of millet in the day to day diet.

Among others, DEAN (Academic) Dr. P R Mohapatra, DEAN(Exam) Dr. Soubhagya Jena, DEAN (Research) Dr. Satyajit Mishra, Medical Superintendent Dr. Dillip Kumar Parida, DDA(I/c) Rasmi Ranjan Sethy, student representatives participated in the programme.

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