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Such opportunities come but rarely and everybody is attracted on principle to free services. When the free service concerns health and well being, it is certainly an attractive situation. Global Institute of Business Studies does have the welfare of the community at the heart of many of its programs as a premier business management venue.
The truth is that most of us do not opt for regular health checkups due to various reasons. Over busy lifestyles and the unavailability of medical facilities in the immediate proximity are some reasons. The result is that certain health problems take root and escalate undetected. A stitch in time could have prevented serious problems.
As far as students are concerned, it is a regular occasion and the boys and girls did undergo the process with great interest, being quite aware of the need to monitor the health and the functioning of the organs, though problems are lesser at the young age, as a rule. Keeping a record of your health in a file would be the best strategy. Do you know your blood group? Many do not.
The CSR initiative by the CSR Club of GIBS Social Foundation Trust helped the rural community along with the students. The renowned Best Hospitals in Chandapura provided the staff and the instruments. Blood Pressure was checked along with the Sugar level besides a general checkup of the state of health. It is encouraging to note that 65 members of the community from outside the GIBS campus participated in the health checkup.
The Health Camp is a reminder of the need to practice healthy and active lifestyles. The diet needs to be appropriate with enough fruits and vegetables besides water intake for hydration and active lifestyles would assist metabolism. Development of muscles and healthy growth does depend upon both the dietary and activity factors.
Student life, particularly needs to be robust with participation in sports activities or walking and jogging at least. Since the mind is stressed with academic work to a great extent, it is necessary to balance the strain with vigorous physical activity. Otherwise, the brain would get heavily stressed and go to sleep.
Blood Pressure and Diabetes
While the young and energetic GIBS students hardly suffer from BP and Sugar complications, a majority of the elderly community does. Both these conditions can lead to complications if medications are not taken on a regular basis. The medications would last a lifetime in most cases. Few senior citizens are free from the scourge of BP and Sugar. Hereditary factors are often to blame for such problems getting passed down the generations. Otherwise, the precipitating factors are not very clear and research is ongoing.
If they remain untreated or neglected with many people not taking medicines regularly, serious consequences can be the result. As demonstrated in the camp, BP and Sugar levels need to be monitored regularly. The equipment is not so expensive and the family can keep both the BP and sugar monitoring instruments at home and use them when required, perhaps once a month or more if patients are present. The hassle of finding medical facilities would be avoided.
Take good care of your health
While we have no control of bodily and mental processes, healthy habits of food and drink and the avoidance of tobacco, alcohol and substance abuse would go a long way to ensure a good life. Set an example for the family and the community with an active, healthy and successful life.
Surrounded by CCTVs on the streets, in the malls and in offices, it is granted for granted that they will do the job of ensuring the safety of humans and materials. In spite of all the developments of technology in policing and forensics, crime does not appear to be diminishing. Consider the daily broadcasting and print reports of a variety of criminal activities not only in vast urban centers, where they should be expected, but also in remoteness. Though we could remain steadfastly elevated above the surroundings like the lotus, we have to ensure our own safety and the welfare of the family, job or business, property and money. How does one do that successfully?
Particularly in megacities like Bangalore, the dangers are certainly increasing. It is hard to believe that rural societies even today do not feel the need to lock up the houses every time they step out to the neighborhood shop! Global Institute of Business Studies is a self contained little township within the compound in a 4.5-acre campus that includes the entire educational infrastructure needed. GIBS certainly has to take good care of the facilities that include not only the buildings and the land, but all the sensitive equipment and teaching materials, both in terms of the physical and the soft intellectual property that exists on the campus.
Online security systems
Awesome is the power of the internet that can be harnessed nowadays not only for study and work, business and games but also guarded by security systems. Everything is within control when you work on the computer with the required software like creating accounts. It is only when you connect to the internet, perhaps with the idea of searching for information regarding the movies showing in the city, that uncertain dangers crop up. In such an online scenario, the computer is exposed to the whole world through the wired connections or maybe wirelessly now that is the norm. Not only can you reach everywhere, but your equipment is accessible through remote control.
Nothing is going to remain a secret soon in a world that easily copies data and breaks into security systems. Though we have the antivirus and the firewall, hacking does take place and money is looted from accounts, strange though it may sound. The system of passwords does not always work and massive data breaches are regularly reported. Crime syndicates work in groups and fake appointment letters give you mighty jobs with hefty commissions only to realize that some crooks were at work.
How do you protect your interests?
Starting with the basics of personal safety, especially in dangerous city surroundings, some element of self defense is essential. If you feel weak and exposed, that will not do. Whether it is martial arts training, a weapon or pepper spray, some such line of defense is certainly needed to feel energetic and confident. Some common sense steps like avoiding lonely areas and the dark hours out alone would ensure less exposure to the criminal elements. That would apply to both the sexes and all ages, though senior citizens are more vulnerable.
The legal security system
When you examine the security system at an official residence, a factory or defense industry, it seems impressive enough, though border areas are more exposed to security threats. Monitoring is the name of the game and is routinely done through a varied system from several departments like law enforcement that has its control room with branches across the city. On the other hand, the military has its routine patrolling system too, just like the investigation agencies.
Thus, with the several layers of security systems and the entire range of online safety and reporting devices, there is no reason not to feel safe, though emergencies do take place. Can we not say that safety is the norm and dangers are only occasional?
The dark web
The lure of easy money making rather than through sweat and toil remains at the root of crime. Dealing in illicit drugs, weapons, poached substances and smuggling of gold are some of the activities that bring huge profits in comparison to the interest that banks pay. Terrorism, religious and political issues besides racial differences have divided humanity, and created pockets of influence. Though we fondly talk of a single world family, the truth is quite different with many worlds separated by seas and mountains. Building bridges has not been possible yet, though many treaties and trade relations exist on paper.
Unless there exist peace and security around us, we cannot be happy or productive. An office or a factory, a home or an industry needs to be surrounded by an ocean of understanding and security. We live in troubled times and some countries like America are more prone to violence like in school shootings and troubled race relations. In comparison, India has a noble tradition of peace down the ages. Let us create an oasis of peace that would spread and engulf the whole world.
Global Institute of Business Studies earnestly observes a series of activities and celebrations each year, dedicated to academics and social services. Blood Donation Camp and Health Checkup were two of those occasions. Rather than mere lip service in honor of all the causes, it is necessary to be involved in spirit and contribute to human betterment, our best wishes extending to all sentient beings. “Memorable smiles from around the world” as the World Red Cross Day theme for 2018 could not have been more encouraging.
Remember the world Red Cross theme for 2017? “Less Known Red Cross Stories!” The media brings us sad stories of conflict, diseases, malnutrition, violence and injustice on a large scale each day. The fight is not lost because if there are vultures and devils around us, there will exist doves and angels too. It is a perpetual conflict between the opposing forces of good and evil that is constantly being fought. No side will win in this never ending story.
Celebrating his birthday on 8th May, Henry Dunant founded the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). Each of us can do a little bit towards mitigating human suffering. Just imagine the millions who lack the basic needs of food, shelter and clothing and struggle with endless problems each day of their lives. The problem is huge globally and that is why it cannot be easily solved. Yet, is it really impossible?
What happened after the First World War? Too many people died and suffering was excessive with many countries involved. Missing soldiers, the injured and the dead, homes destroyed and families broken up. In such a situation, the Red Cross goes into action. Volunteers and social workers, doctors and nurses keep the organization alive.
Red Cross day on an international level
It is difficult to understand the extent of the Red Cross movement. Covering most countries across the world and involving millions of workers and volunteers in organizations large and small, it is a small army at work. Such organizations work around the year because emergencies are constantly happening. Floods and earthquakes, typhoons and cyclones are not uncommon. The noblest duty is alleviation of suffering. But that is easy to say. You need materials and money, organizations, workers and hard labor. Just imagine working in war zones or in earthquake affected regions?
Universal values concern each of us and every country cherishes the principles of neutrality and independence, impartiality and duty. The service of humanity takes us high above narrow thinking about religion and caste, politics and dogma. Celebrating the dignity and worth of the human race is the primary goal. Everybody has the right to live with dignity and wishes to be well settled in peaceful surroundings where the essentials of life are available.
The spirit of volunteerism
What paid workers cannot achieve would be possible through the spirit of voluntary services! Many honorary services exist in the society around us that are not paid for but done in the spirit of service. Volunteers do not seek payments for services, but receive a working allowance. Each of us should contribute some voluntary services just like the little bit of charity that everybody can afford. If those little bits of service and charity were added up, we can well imagine that the drops will make up an ocean.
The embrace of the Red Cross covers the entire world, since humanity is present everywhere. Each neighborhood, village, town and city has citizens dedicated to noble causes who will not mind sacrificing sleep and rest to relieve suffering. They would be willing to give a helping hand and a shoulder to cry on. Just like teachers and nurses, volunteers represent the finest values of service before self.
On several occasions, GIBS girls and boys have demonstrated that they are dedicated to social causes and the clubs and committees have been taking up many duties for the common welfare. This altruistic spirit should continue beyond the years spent in the institute premises and be carried on in professional, social and family roles after the completion of studies.
A shared dream of a smiling society
The theme for 2018 does remind us of happy smiles. That dream is certainly far from being realized, but a mighty mountain can be climbed only gradually. Social service is being done each single day, but will that be enough? Big money, power, legislation and laws, facilities and change of thinking will be required to make a difference on a large scale. The haves and have-nots in the society have a vast difference. Slowly but surely, bridges have to be built and suffering, poverty, malnutrition and misery reduced. Maybe it will be many ages before the dream is realized, but work is being done each single moment by like-minded people everywhere.