A drama was staged on the premises of Pankhaiya Para Marma Unnayan Sangsad under in Khagrachari district recently. It was staged to build the awareness about various diseases among the general people of that region.
Artistes of Bangladesh Marma Unnayan Sangsad (a cultural forum of the indigenous Marma community) staged the play titled “Baidder Parinoti” while non-government organisation BRAC and the Upazila Health Complex jointly sponsored the programme.
The play features people of a remote hilly village who depend on the Almighty and quacks (locally known as Baidda) to provide them succour during an epidemic. Many people in the area consequently die from malaria and other diseases due to wrong treatment but the ancient practice continues — until a health worker appears on the scene.
Though the health worker faces difficulty, she finally manages to bring the headman, village chief and other leaders around. She then engages them in discussions about health education, different diseases and their possible cure. She succeeds in bringing the villagers on a common platform and making them aware of the need for primary health education.
Hundreds of Marmas, including children, watched and enjoyed the drama, which was staged in their village using the native Marma language.
Sadar Upazila Health and Family Planning Officer Dr. Shahid Talukder; Upazila Manager of BRAC Health Programme Fazlul Hoque and its District Manager Rupom Chakma were present at the programme.