Thousands of plants vegetation exists with rich medicinal, environmental and cultural values in Nepal. They are mingled with the people’s traditional and cultural life as livelihoods, medicine, food, the god and full of spiritual power. But now due to lack of interest and motivation of the general public, they are losing their values and eminence both naturally as well as in people’s livelihoods. Without knowing the consequences of the environment catastrophe, daily thousands of plants and trees are cut and destroyed in the name of urbanization and development. Meanwhile, the upcoming generation is losing awareness about the importance of our environment. Which is why, a youth-led organization, Team NEPO initiated a campaign ‘MERO RUKH’ to create a culture of care towards environment among upcoming generations. They have been organizing plantation programs annually under the campaign in collaboration with local government, community groups and local organization.
Last Sunday, on 18th July, Team NEPO organized a tree plantation program on the premises of Ayurveda Campus and Teaching Hospital, Kirtipur in collaboration with the Hospital, Ayurveda Medical Development and Research Foundation and Nepal Ayurveda Medical Students Society.
The campus chief of Ayurveda Campus, Associate Professor Dr. Shiv Mangal Prasad inaugurated the program with a prayer (mantra) for the growth of the plant and welfare human beings. Participants joined the prayer alongside and started plantation. Hospital Director, Associate Professor Dr. Raj Kishor Shah, Head of Swasthavritta Department, Associate Professor Dr. Pramod Bhatta, Head of Stri tatha Prasuti Roga Department, Asst. Prof. Dr. Kajal Jha, Head of Shalya Department, Dr. Bijendra Shah, Head of Shalakya Department, Dr. Sadhana Sapkota, Dr. Mahesh Shah joined the plantation program. MD Residents, Dr. Amulya Dahal, Dr. Sarita Bajgain, Dr. Rajan Gyawali and Dr. Niraj Khatiwada, Intern Doctors, Nurses, and other staffs of the hospital participated in the plantation.
Later afternoon, Prof. Kedarnath Sharma, First Secretary and Director of Swami Vivekananda Cultural Center, Embassy of India, Kathmandu joined the plantation by planting ashoka (Saraca asoca) who also shared his views on the importance of the plantation and its significance in the creation of the green and healthy environment. At the present content of global warming and adverse climate change, it is an utmost necessary to conduct such plantation program. Also he appreciated the initiation done by organizers for the preservation of environment.
A together of 170 plants of different species were planted within the hospital premises. Tejpat, taki, aamba, sweta chandan, parijaat, dhupi, kapur, bakaino, lalupatey, harro, barro, amala, laliguras, okhar, jamanemandro, falki, gulab, and kafal were among them.
Founder and President of Team NEPO Dr. Nigam Paudel quoted ‘We are in a mission to create a culture of care for environment among upcoming generations. The environment around us is not only our home but everything that keeps us alive. From the food we eat, the water we drink, the air we breathe, our shelter and more, it helps us to survive. Therefore, caring for the environment is something that should be inherent in us. This plantation program keeps a huge significance in the campaign as the young doctors, professors and other medical staffs who participated today have given a commitment for the growth of all these plant. And, we are truly proud to initiate this year’s plantation program from Ayurveda Campus. We truly appreciate everyone who enthusiastically participated in plantation today. We believe that this program will add the greenery of the hospital and college premises, provide more fresh air, and add a brick in reducing the impact of the pollution.’