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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 49  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 219-220

Health science exhibition as a tool for health awareness among schoolchildren and the general public

Department of Surgery, Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Belagavi, Karnataka, India

Date of Submission28-Nov-2022
Date of Acceptance28-Nov-2022
Date of Web Publication27-Dec-2022

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Dr. Vishwanath M Pattanshetti
Department of Surgery, Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, KAHER, Belagavi, Karnataka
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jss.jss_285_22

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Pattanshetti VM. Health science exhibition as a tool for health awareness among schoolchildren and the general public. J Sci Soc 2022;49:219-20

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Pattanshetti VM. Health science exhibition as a tool for health awareness among schoolchildren and the general public. J Sci Soc [serial online] 2022 [cited 2023 Jan 26];49:219-20. Available from: https://www.jscisociety.com/text.asp?2022/49/3/219/365169

In the era of internet and information technology, the information pertaining to health in terms of preventive measures, clinical features, investigations, and treatment options of a disease can be obtained by anyone with just click of a mouse or tap of a finger. Even information about health facilities and treating doctors' profile are available on portal. As technology is advancing, it is not only the skill of treating doctors or services of supporting staff which determines the outcome of treatment, in fact its availability of newer equipment and infrastructure at health facility. In recent years, along with medical, dental, nursing, AYUSH, pharmacy, and physiotherapy, many allied health science courses have started, namely anesthesia technology, radiography, perfusion technology, laboratory technology, etc., which has opened up a new pathway for many students to make career in health sector both in India and abroad.

In such situation, it becomes necessary and important to make awareness about health facility, health science, and various career options in the field of health sector. It is the duty of health university to make awareness about these things to the local population, especially schoolchildren. The best tool for such awareness is hosting of health science exhibition [Figure 1] by the health university/institutes/medical colleges. Such exhibitions can sensitize about preventive measures, especially for malnutrition/obesity, infectious diseases, lifestyle diseases (diabetes mellitus/hypertension/heart diseases), cancer, psychological problems (adolescent), and trauma, which are going to be the burden to the nation in terms of life expectancy of population and expenditure on health by the nation.
Figure 1: Health science exhibition at a medical college

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All health institutes have museums as a mandatory requirement from respective statutory councils, which were meant to impart education for respective course students. The museums do have the resources to provide an overview, facilitating a greater understanding by the general public. In fact, the various museums in the nation with specific themes have been endowed with the role of disseminating knowledge to the public at large. The purposes of museums probably should not (and could not) be the same for all museum types, but what is necessary throughout the museum fraternity is a reassessment of why museums exist and to what purpose. Traditionally, museums have catered, to some extent, to the interests and involvements of the society, whether in providing access to treasures brought home through the great voyages of discovery or to the latest scientific discovery. Museums have rarely, though, dealt with less romantic issues, such as poverty, social issues, and mainly health. Before any health museum comes into existence in any city for the general public, the current museums in health institutions [Figure 2] can be used for the general public, especially schoolchildren.[1]

Similarly, in health science exhibition, the schoolchildren and their parents can be exposed to the various career options in health sector, thus making today's children to choose health-related course in near future and also helping in keeping themselves and their family members healthy and fit. They also get sensitized about early signs of many diseases [Figure 3], when and where to avail health facility, thus preventing the development of complications. If, health institutes have skill and simulation facility with good infrastructure, they can conduct Basic Life Support (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) training to school/college children and to the public.
Figure 2: Museum specimens being shown to schoolchildren

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Figure 3: Models pertaining to a disease being explained

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Hancocks A. Museum exhibition as a tool for social awareness.Curator: Mus J 1987;30:181-92.  Back to cited text no. 1


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