Event Summary Report 2023Itra
2023 year declared asInternational Year of Millets, by the United Nations on the Proposal of Hon.Ble Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi ji. So, ITRA has declared the Present Expo on 18th to21st March 2023 to be conducted for Spreading the awareness in common public on ‘Usage of Millets and their Recipes’. The Current Health and Millets Expo was solely sponsored and supported by Ministry of AYUSH, Govt.of India.
The Expo was inaugurated by Acharya ShreeKrishnamaniji Maharaj, Jagadguru Acharya (Religious Head) of Shri Krishna Pranami Sampradaya in the august presence ofShrimati. Poonam ben Maadam, Member of Parliament, Jamnagar and accompanied by Smt. BinabenAshokbhai Kothari, Mayor, Jamnagar Municipal Corporation Shrmiati. on 9th December 2021. Shri Vijaykumar L.Kharadi IAS, Commissioner, Jamnagar Municipal Corporationvisited the Expo on the evening of 9th and added a special remarks with his appreciation in the conducting of the event.Director of ITRA Dr. Prof. Anup Thakar has welcomed all the guests and taken them to each and every stall of the Expo and explained the background and activities of every department of ITRA.
There were 42 stalls installed in the Exhibition dome and 20 stalls at Mega Camp dome for Patients OPD purpose for all the 4 days of the event. Ayurvedic Pharmaceutical companies and stores in and around the Jamnagar were also taken part in display and Sale of their wide range of Products. Ayurvedic Food Festival (Millets Theme) conducted in 24 stalls with Traditional and forgotten recipes of Millets based Foods such as Ragi Idli, Hot Dhaniya Shots, Cereal and Ragi Soup, Sorghum Based Pizza, curcumin chocolates, Brahmi Sharbat, Drumstick leaves mixed Thepla, Amla Jam, Papaya Barfi and etc. Overall 86different live food items and 80 packed items were kept under selling in the everyday of expo; approximately 50,000 Visitors were shown interest in tasting the items in the food festival area seating facility, as an extra attraction.
Approximately 1,00,000 visitors of Jamnagar and nearby places visited the stalls during4 days and given a huge response for good initiative taken by ITRA. Nearly 7 Institutional (Schools and professional Colleges) Students around 2368 in number also visited Health and Millets Expo 2023. ITRA also conducted the Mega Camp for the Common ailments to patients, during 4 days total 5814 patients registered of various ailments were diagnosed and provided medicine, Blood pressure and Blood sugar of 2629 persons werechecked without any charges. Similarly, in the camp area there was a free Distribution of Samsamnavati/ Guduchighanavati (Ayush-64) and Ashwagandha bottlesas Immunity Booster, for the duration of entire month as a prophylactic medicine to the interested and registered visitors 4377for protection from the current spreading H3N2 and Corona-19 Pandemic viruses. Like as every time in this expo also Institution planned in advance and grown the Medicinal Plants to distribute for visitors of Expo. Total 5800 Medicinal plants such as such as Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia), Ashoka (Saracaasoca), Asthishrinkhala (Cissus Quadrangularis), Bibhitaki (Terminalia berecilla), Tulasi (Ocimum sanctum), Kumari (Aloe Vera), Vasa (Adhatodavasica) were distributed with all details to the interested Expo Visitors. There were approximately 22,800 cups of different Health Drinkson different days were distributed to the Visitors of Expo in 4 days duration without cost.
During the expo, visitors had the opportunity to collect information on Basic Health tips regarding the Food Materials, Nutritive and Medicinal Values of the foods, Tips on Yoga and Rejuvenation of body through Panchakarma and visitors also has the choice to know their Prakriti according to Ayurveda through Prakriti Parikshana done by Basic Principles Department of ITRA. Around, 2486 visitors assessed for Different Parkishas as per the Ayurveda; out of them 855 assessed their type of prakriti by questionnaire assessment according to Ayurveda and 746assessed their type ofNadi and 702 assessed their type of Agni and 183assessed their type of Bal according to Ayurveda. All the information of Dinacharya, ritucharya, Ayurveda ahara and VirrudhaAhar like many Basic and useful information was distributed to the Visitors of expo during the entire days in the form around 1,80,000 Pamphlets. From the Department of Kaumarabhritya there was a free distribution of Nutritive Sorghum based Biscuits and Rajagra based Laddu made up with Ayurvedic medicines as ingredients to the children below the 15 years age group, around 1000 packs were distributed as a free of cost in the entire duration. 1100 Multi Millets Laddu and 1550 Multi Millet Bhelaslo Distributed as a free of cost to the Interested Visitors by the SRPT and Kayachikitsa Departments of ITRA during the Expo. Two Big Size LED Screens were installed in the expo area to show the developments in the Ayush sector and Ministry of Ayush initiatives along with ITRA departments exclusively made Videos on several diseases and precautionary for understanding of common people. 3 Selfie Points were arranged to the visitors by writing the “I LOVE AYURVEDA” and “I LOVE MILLETS” along with “HEALTH & MILLETS EXPO 2023” to promote and send a message to the society about the day by day growing followers of ayurvedic systems and Millet Based Foods. Mobile Toilet Vanity Van and Drinking Water facilities were provided for all the Visitors of Expo.
In keeping the view of current H3N2 Flu Virus spreading and Covid-19 pandemic situation we regularly sanitized the whole expo area and materials thrice daily during the entire 4 days and strictly maintained the “Social Distance and Hand Hygiene” at the entrance of the Expo and Thermal Checking randomly without fail and kept the availability of Hand Sanitizers and Masks in the entire dome area for visitors. Overall, the Health and MilletsExpo-2023 was an Educative, informative and engaged the Public in gathering of Knowledge in Ayurveda for 4 days. We considering this Expo is Grand Successful event on the basis of feedback received from the Huge crowd and Print, Electronic and social media platforms.